Alonso: Alpine 'best midfield team' despite slower car

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Alonso: Alpine 'best midfield team' despite slower car

Fernando Alonso believes that the Alpine F1 team is the best in today's midfield, despite having a slower car than its rivals.

After 14 races in 2021, the team has amassed 95 points in total with a high proportion from Esteban Ocon's win at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It puts them into fifth place in the constructors championship ahead of AlphaTauri, Aston Martin and Williams.

But that's only half the points of McLaren and Ferrari who are fighting it over third place, with Mercedes and Red Bull even further away at the top.

"I think we're good, we are good on every front," Alonso insisted this week. "We are delivering the job, as I said, on Sundays.

"We don't have maybe the car to compete in pure performance with AlphaTauri or with Aston Martin," he accepted. "But we have the team to compete [against] them on Sundays, and to score points.

"We will try to fight for this fifth place in the constructors' championship until the end if possible," he added. "So in that respect, I think we are okay on the race team."

Alonso said that it was one of Alpine's key strengths to be able to consistently keep scoring points each weekend.

"We don't have probably the fastest car on the midfield. But we seem to have probably the best team on the midfield, so that's allowed us to score points every Sunday."

Alonso was particularly delighted that both he and Ocon came away from the Italian Grand Prix with points, despite the expectation going in that Monza wouldn't be Alpine's type of circuit.

"We saw in this triple-header that we are up and down in the level of competitiveness and on the grid," he said.

"In Spa we were okay on the dry [but] we were not okay with the wet. Zandvoort we were okay all weekend. Here we weren't, so I think it's track dependence.

"Monza was already in the calendar as one of the worst [for us], we knew that," he admitted. In the end Alonso crossed the line in eighth and Ocon was tenth while their nearest rivals failed to score.

"I think there's gonna be ups and downs for everybody," he predicted when asked about Alpine's prospects for the remaining eight races of the season.

"I don't know exactly in Russia, Turkey and Austin how it's going to be. I think it will be better."

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Webber: Piastri facing uncertain future despite 'extraordinary CV'

Mark Webber says his protégé Oscar Piastri, who currently leads the FIA Formula 2 Championship, is at risk... The post Webber: Piastri facing uncertain future despite 'extraordinary CV' appeared first on F1i.com.

Webber: Piastri facing uncertain future despite 'extraordinary CV'

Mark Webber says his protégé Oscar Piastri, who currently leads the FIA Formula 2 Championship, is at risk of seeing his climb up the motorsport ladder suddenly stall.

Piastri, a member of Alpine's junior program and the reigning FIA Formula 3 champion, has surpassed expectations in his maiden season in F1's feeder series.

If the Aussie wins the F2 title this year, it would be a remarkable achievement for the 20-year-old, but also one that would come with a relative drawback for the young talent.

"It’s a bit of a headache because he can’t race [if he wins in F2], because he’s got more superlicence points than he needs; so extraordinary CV for such a young guy," Webber told Channel 4 at the Italian Grand Prix.

"But of course he can’t race in Formula 2 if… There is still a long way to go, he hasn’t got the championship, he’s doing well but of course we have to see how he goes in that.

"But he can’t race in that championship next year, so then it has to be a brilliant programme.

"I think the preparation to get him testing, prepared for a race seat in 2023 has to be the goal.

"He’s putting a lot of pressure on them [Alpine] to find options for him in the future, the seats are tightening up, as we are seeing now the market is very much alive at the moment, or coming to a bit of an end."

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Webber believes that the talent pool under F1 is swelling, but with opportunities to race at the pinnacle of motorsport few and far between, an unfortunate glut is forming leaving drivers with nowhere to go, unless some of F1's older residents leave the grid.

“The sport is in safe hands with some of that young blood, but there are still more Leclercs and Georges and Landos in this paddock, but they’re not going up next year," Webber explained.

"And that’s what we have still got to work on, we still have to filter out some of the enthusiasm and passion for some of the drivers that are here, and get that fresher blood in.

"Because they can join the great crop that is there already."

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