Esteban Ocon has expressed his astonishment that Alpine have introduced vital upgrades to each of their automobiles for the 2022 British Grand Prix, as staff boss Otmar Szafnauer defined that it may solely have delivered the updates on the Enstone staff’s house race.
Numerous groups have introduced upgrades to Silverstone, with Williams, Mercedes and Aston Martin amongst them – so it’s no shock that Alpine have additionally turned up with new components. However, Ocon mentioned it was stunning that the staff managed to carry such a wide-ranging suite of updates to the A522, for each himself and staff mate Fernando Alonso.
“We want to attend and see what [the upgrade] provides; plenty of different groups are additionally bringing upgrades and we will’t underestimate anybody – that’s for positive – however sure, the staff, the manufacturing unit in Enstone, they’ve carried out an superior job by delivering these bits.
“We had discussions after Canada where the team thought ‘maybe there’s going to be one floor coming’, and we ended up with the full car pretty much different! And yes, you know, parts for both of us as well, so it’s fantastic how much motivation… the team has at the moment. And that’s the only way we can push forward, so we are on the right track.”
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On a run of 5 consecutive points-scoring races, Alpine are fifth within the championship and simply eight factors behind McLaren. Ocon mentioned the automotive and staff are in a much better place to compete this season than they have been in 2021.
“I positively assume our efficiency has been boosted in comparison with final yr. You know, now we have a automotive which is able to much more compared to the remainder of the sector, and we wish to proceed growing that approach and I really feel good on the wheel in the mean time, nonetheless discovering issues from the automotive and discovering out new set-up objects.
“A few issues, but we are getting on top of them quite quickly. And you know, it’s the consistency of working with the team that is also helping.”
Team Principal Szafnauer defined that the situation of Alpine’s Enstone base – below an hour’s drive from the British Grand Prix venue – put them in a chief place to ship this swathe of components.
“If this upgrade wasn’t to be taken to Silverstone from Enstone we probably wouldn’t have done it,” Szafnauer advised Sky Sports. “Our spares are going to be driven up there on Saturday morning. Hopefully we won’t need them, but had it been any further then we probably wouldn’t have upgraded the car… we’re lucky to be next door!”