Ocon: No need for aspirins with the A522

Jamie Woodhouse
Esteban Ocon drives the Alpine A522. Bahrain March 2022.

Esteban Ocon drives the Alpine A522 at the Bahrain pre-season test. March 2022.

Esteban Ocon said he was spared the need for painkillers in Bahrain as the Alpine A522 was not porpoising when he drove it.

The phenomenon proved to be a major talk of pre-season testing in Barcelona and Bahrain, with the early ground effect cars for 2022 bouncing viciously in some cases down the straights.

Teams are working on a fix that does not cost them lap time, but Ocon is confident that Alpine know how to find one.

That being said, he did not find porpoising to be an issue when he drove the A522, but saw that is was impacting team-mate Fernando Alonso when he was behind the wheel.

Still, that at least meant Ocon was not in need of any painkillers.

Esteban Ocon in the pink livery Alpine in testing. Bahrain March 2022
Alpine driver Esteban Ocon in the pink livery Alpine in testing. Bahrain March 2022

“Everyone is suffering at the end because they are new cars and there is a lot to understand,” Ocon told Sky Sports F1.

“We saw some reliability issues here and there on our side in Barcelona, but the rest went smoothly.

“Everything is going well right now. We’ve seen some bouncing on Fernando’s side, but we know how to fix it.

“On the days I got in the car we didn’t have any bouncing, which is a good thing because I didn’t have to take a paracetamol!

“It can be solved. When the car goes down, it’s worse and I think the headwind at the first corner didn’t help.”

 

Alpine principal Otmar Szafnauer spoke of the team making “significant” progress with the A522 in Bahrain as they now look ahead to the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Speaking to the Alpine website after the final day of Bahrain testing, Szafnauer said: “Today marked the conclusion of pre-season testing and we were able to complete a significant amount of work in preparation for next week’s opening Grand Prix for the 2022 Formula 1 season.

“The last two days have been equally good for Esteban and Fernando with a century of laps for both of them, which has allowed us to finalise our preparations well.

“It’s also meant we’ve been able to compensate for the loss of track time on the final day in Barcelona.

“We focused a little more on refining set-up and improving many of the finer details. Lots of laps means lots of learning and we’ve progressed the car significantly this week.

“We look forward to making further improvements in the coming days to continue our preparation in the best possible manner.

“Next week, we race for real and that’s an exciting time for everyone involved at BWT Alpine F1 Team and for the fans who have waited over the winter for the 2022 season to commence.”

 

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