Alpine are bringing an aerodynamic upgrade package and new testing elements to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to address their deficit to the midfield.
Alonso said he was pleased to return to the track, where Daniel Ricciardo scored Renault’s second podium last year “I do like the Imola racetrack and I was glad to see it return to Formula 1 last year. It threw up an exciting race in 2020 and I think some of the changes to the circuit since I raced here over ten years ago has improved the racing.”
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix comes six months earlier than its 2020 calendar slot and before F1 would usually start European racing. “It’s also different to be in Europe so early in the season, we usually arrive a little later in the year when the continent is going through its summertime,” commented Alonso, whose 2005 victory was on the 24th of April. “I have some good memories here particularly in 2005 when we won the race and later took the championship that year.”
Alpine have confirmed they will introduce an aerodynamic upgrade package for the Imola race, after being frustrated by their results in Bahrain. Executive director Marcin Budkowski said the team would also be testing future upgrades during Friday practice running.
“The Bahrain race weekend confirmed some of the weaknesses of our package, which we’re working hard to improve and gain the few tenths of a second that we are currently missing to fight at the front of the midfield.” He said, after the team failed to score points in Bahrain. “We have an aerodynamic upgrade package coming to the car for this Grand Prix. In addition, we have some test items to assess during Friday practice, which will help define further upgrades planned over the next few races.”
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