Fernando Alonso says that his Alpine feels good, but thinks that the team needs to gain a better understanding of the aerodynamics.
The Spaniard completed his highly anticipated return to Formula 1 on Day 2 of pre-season testing as he took the wheel for both the morning and afternoon session.
It proved to be a successful day for him and the French team as he got a total of 128 laps on the board and finished P10 on the timesheet with a 1:32.339.
He looked comfortable throughout, rarely struggling with his car, and is generally pleased with his work and how the A521 is operating.
That being said, he feels that, following the regulation changes in that area, the aerodynamics of the car need to be understood better before the start of the season.
“We completed a lot of laps today and followed the programme that was planned so that is good, but we need to sit down now and analyse everything,” he said.
“The car did feel good today, but I think we still need to understand the characteristics of the new aero package a bit better.
“We ran with the harder compounds today and we have more running to do tomorrow, so between myself and Esteban we will aim to collect even more data and fine-tune the overall package.”
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Alonso’s team, formerly known as Renault, were locked in a battle for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship throughout last season and ultimately fell short.
Judging by pre-season testing, the team who beat them to the spot, McLaren, could be even stronger in 2021, while AlphaTauri could get involved in the fight.
With the midfield looking so strong, he stated prior to pre-season testing that his team needs to be at the top of their game every weekend and find a way to handle the busy schedule.
“How the midfield is right now, it is very competitive, and it’s something that we are aware of,” he said.
“We need to maximise and we need to make perfection every weekend if we want to score good points.
“Then another challenge, but not only for me, is going to be for everybody in the team, and everybody in the paddock, will be the 23 races.
“We have to try to save energy when you can during the year, even in June, August, September, even if you feel fresh, the more you save the better you will be in November, December.”