F1.  Equal opportunity in Alpine

F1. Equal opportunity in Alpine

Alpine used the new floor on the A522 at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. At the Imola track, however, only Fernando Alonso had it.

The Spaniard did not finish the main race of the fourth round of the season. He was forced to withdraw from the race after his car was badly damaged shortly after the start of contact with Mick Schumacher from the Haas team.

However, the team was able to collect enough data over the weekend to be satisfied that the new floor delivered the expected performance of their car.

This weekend in Miami, apart from Alonso, Esteban Ocon will also have new things.

“The improvements we made to the A522 have worked as expected at Imola, which is a great sign that the hard work at the factory is paying off, especially in the development and validation of the aerodynamic improvements,” said Otmar Szafnauer. – As a result of these efforts, the new floor we had on Fernando’s car will be on both cars this weekend.

“Although the floor of Alonso’s car suffered a lot of damage during the race, due to the incident with Mick Schumacher on the first lap, we were able to make the necessary repairs,” he added. – It is good that both cars have been modernized.

– We are preparing further revisions for the next rounds in this important and intense development race – he emphasized.

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Although Ocon managed to finish the race at Imola, he crossed the finish line in fourteenth place, ending his streak of top ten finishes that had been going on since last year’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

After a recent lack of points, sporting anger has left the Frenchman even more desperate to get a good result in his F1 debut at the Miami Grand Prix.

“Imola was a frustrating weekend for the team,” he admitted. – It is clear that there are areas that we need to improve.

“The first three races were good for me, and the lack of points in Italy is an extra motivation for everyone to take this one to Miami,” he added. “The whole team is looking forward to this race and we know that if we do everything right, we will be able to use the power of our car to achieve the results we can do.

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