Fernando Alonso reckons Alpine have “overachieved” to be main McLaren within the battle for P4 within the constructors’ championship with simply six races left of the 2022 season.
The French workforce presently have an 18-point lead over McLaren – a bonus Alonso says was nothing greater than “a dream in the beginning of the 12 months”.
“Very impressive,” stated Alonso when requested concerning the efficiency of his workforce this season. “I believe we began slightly bit anxious in Bahrain and winter testing. We had some up and downs there by way of efficiency. But I believe from Australia or Jeddah onwards, the workforce has grown up loads and the engine is also significantly better than final 12 months.
“We had some reliability issues, but we have more power than last year, so we accept that. We are now fighting McLaren [in] the constructors’ championship and maybe that was a little bit of a dream at the beginning of the year, so I think we are overachieving compared to what we thought.”
Before his retirement on the Italian Grand Prix, Alonso had been on a run of 10 straight factors finishes – from his P9 in Barcelona to his sixth place on the Dutch Grand Prix. But the Spaniard believes the workforce want cleaner race weekends if they’re to begin scoring greater factors on Sunday.
“I think we had a few races where we were not super lucky,” stated Alonso. “Even on this run of factors, Barcelona we began final, Austria the automotive didn’t begin within the Sprint and we began final on Sunday, and we nonetheless even scored factors in these races.
“But we need to have clean weekends, not have any problems Saturday and Sunday, and probably those will be better weekends in terms of points.”
When requested concerning the prospect of getting on the rostrum in some unspecified time in the future this season, Alonso stated: “I believe we’re in the identical place as we’ve got been all 12 months lengthy. I believe we’re proper behind the highest three groups so our pure place, for instance, is seventh, seventh and eighth, so we want some assist all the time from the automobiles in entrance.
“Sometimes there are penalties involved like in Spa and we start third on the grid… so we could have a better starting position, but lately in the race we eventually ended up in our natural [position].”
Next 12 months will see Alonso head to Aston Martin, the place he’ll accomplice Lance Stroll on the workforce who presently sit P9 within the constructors’ standings.