Fernando Alonso (Alpine): 60 to 70 points lost / Formula 1

Fernando Alonso (Alpine): 60 to 70 points lost / Formula 1

Fernando Alonso’s F1 race at the Red Bull Ring ended before the race had even started – an electrical fault. Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer says what went wrong.

Fernando Alonso finished in the top ten at the Austrian Grand Prix for the sixth time in a row, but there is always something wrong at Alpine, most recently in the race when the two-time world champion did not even start the race due to an electrical fault could face. The 32-time GP winner recently said at one of his press conferences that he had “lost between 60 and 70 championship points this year” for various reasons.

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer says of the events in Styria: “At first we thought it was a problem with the electronic control unit, the ECU. But it turned out that the ECU had lost power.”

“We tried to repeat the process at the racing car factory and we found out – the problem was with the power supply and the power of the ECU comes from a part that is made in Alpine.”

Esteban Ocon had problems at Silverstone before, more precisely: a fault in the fuel pump. For the same reason, the Frenchman stopped in Austria after the checkered flag fell in the sprint.

Otmar Szafnauer says: “The problem here stems from the engine damage we had on the test benches during the winter. We and Ferrari struggled with the high-pressure pump that Bosch supplies to all teams. Like Ferrari, we then received permission from the FIA ​​regulators to find our own solution. It worked well in the first nine races, without any problems, not on the test bench and not when used on the test and race track.

“But then something happened, maybe a different kind of stress from the latest improvements to the car, however the damage started again. Meanwhile, Bosch has worked on the problem and is making an improved version available with better plug connections. For the GP weekend of France we will use our solution, which hopefully will work without problems again, but we are also looking in detail at everything that Bosch has done so that maybe we can return to this version.

Austrian GP, ​​Red Bull Ring

01. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, 1:24:24.312 h
02. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +1.532s
03. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +41.217
04. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +58.972
05. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +68.436
06. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1 lap
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +1 lap
08. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 lap
09. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +1 lap
10. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, +1 lap
11. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
12. Alexander Albon (T), Williams, +1 lap
13. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 lap
14. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
15. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1 lap
16. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 lap
17. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +lap
Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, engine failure
Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, damaged underbody
Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, collision damage

Drivers’ Championship (after 11 of 22 races)

01. Verstappen 208 points
02. Leclerc 170
03. Persian 151
04. Sainz 133
05. Russell 128
06.Hamilton 109
07. Norris 64
08. Okon 52
09. Botta’s 46
10. Alonso 29
11. Magnussen 22
12. Ricciardo 17
13. Gas 16
14. Hag 15
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17.zhou 5
18. Alboni 3
19. Walk 3
20. Latifi 0
21. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Booth Builders Cup

01. Red Bull Racing 359 points
02. Ferrari 303
03.Mercedes 237
04. McLaren 81
05. Alpine 81
06. Alfa Romeo 51
08. Haas 34
08. AlphaTauri 27
09. Aston Martin 18
10. Williams 3