Fernando Alonso says he isn’t worried about Alpine’s poor pace at Monaco, despite having expected they would be more competitive this weekend.Esteban Ocon only made it as far as Q2. The team are only quicker than Williams and Haas this weekend, and trail Alfa Romeo for the first time this year.
“Grip in general was the thing we missed,” explained Alonso. “It was not a problem on the balance or problem of anything wrong on the car. It was just the level of grip was very low in all the sessions for both cars.”
The performance comes following two relatively better weekends for the team. “In Portugal we were quite competitive,” said Alonso. “In Barcelona as well.
“We thought that Monaco [would be] a good weekend. But it was not good.”
He believes the root of the team’s problem lies in getting the most out of the tyres. “One of the biggest factors in terms of level of grip [is] switching on the tyres. It can make that big difference.
“Some teams were much more competitive here than any other race before, some other teams, they were very uncompetitive here compared to the previous weekends, like Alpine.”
However Alonso isn’t concerned this may signal the beginning of a downturn in performance for the team.
“I think it’s a one off,” he said. “I think it’s a very specific set-up for the circuit. It’s a very specific way to operate the car in this kind of circuit. Maybe Singapore is some kind of similar direction on the set-up, but completely different temperature normally there.
“So I don’t think that we should be too worried. We are working, we are trying to help the team as much as we can in preparation for for 2022 as well.
“We will not win the championship this year, that’s a guarantee. So meanwhile, we are making the team stronger and analysing all the areas that we have to improve. So weekends like this one will make us stronger as a team. We are understanding a lot of things from the difficulties, so I’m not worried.”
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