The goal of Fernando Alonso to close the first two races of the world championship in the points zone vanished after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, in which the driver of theAlpine he would have had serious opportunities to cross the finish line in the top 10 had it not been for a retirement due to technical problems. Now that Formula 1 looks to the next round in Australia, over the weekend from 8 to 10 April, the Spaniard will want to make up for it immediately on the Melbourne circuit, ready to return to the Circus after two years of absence.
To win the points necessary to continue the team’s ambitions – fresh from a 5th place in the constructors’ standings last season – the two-time world champion is betting everything on the developments of the A522, crucial to being able to fight with the teams highlighted in this start. of world: “It will be important to increase the pace of our work in the factory – explained the 40-year-old Iberian in a statement reported by gpfans.com – so that the new components can arrive on the circuit as soon as possible. This is a common need for all the teams, but staying in the top ten with both cars was a sigh of relief and demonstrates the work done over the winter, when it was not yet possible to understand what the fruits of the our commitment. It is up to us to develop the car as quickly as possiblebut I remain optimistic “.
Positive sensations that Alonso himself also reserved for the power unit of the French house, considered by the former Ferrari driver to be among the most powerful of the lot: “We are very happy with the performance of our engine – he added – and we think of play it at the same level as the best from this year onwards. We were able to take on straight-line challenges with other cars in both Jeddah and Bahrain, so we’ll see if that happens again. The Ferrari and Honda power units are still a little further ahead, but Renault is there. We lack a second reference team, but the figures are encouraging. However – he concluded – we have to continue studying the problems we had in the first two races and solve them for the rest of the season “.