Alonso: 2022 cars are not harder to prepare for

Date published: January 18 2022 - Ben Johnston

Fernando Alonso walks the track. Saudi Arabia December 2021.

Fernando Alonso believes that the 2022 cars will not be more difficult to drive compared to previous seasons, according to the Alpine F1 team driver.

Formula 1 has introduced a raft of changes to the design of the cars ahead of this season in an effort to improve racing that fans see on track with the main changes surrounding the aerodynamics with the underfloor airflow significantly changed, the result of which will see cars being able to follow each other more closely and in doing so it is hoped that there will be increased opportunities for overtaking on track.

Speaking about the new cars, Alonso, who won the World Championship twice with Renault in the mid-2000s believes that the new cars are not harder to prepare for compared with previous years.

“I don’t think that it is going to be any different, honestly,” Alonso said, as quoted by the official Formula 1 website.

“I think it will depend more on the performance of our cars and working on the simulator, working on winter testing, and eventually after three or four races you are on top of the car, on top of the regulations, and after that, it’s just the performance of the car that will dictate the results you will get.”

Fernando Alonso arriving on the grid. Abu Dhabi December 2021.

When it comes to the drivability of the new cars, the Spaniard believes that drivers will have to adapt their driving style slightly and to do this there will need to be more attention to detail when it comes to working effectively with the team as the cars are new to everyone and not just the driver in the cockpit.

Alonso added: “So in terms of adaptation I don’t think it will be a big difference – it’s just some hard work, or harder than any other winter because we will have to spend a little bit more time in the simulator and together with the team.”

 

When it comes to his own preparation for the new season, Alonso said: “There are more satisfying things to do but that’s the plan for this winter: I want to be as strong as I can and I know that I will have to train and I will have to do more than other drivers because yes, I am older than them.

“Obviously I don’t train the same now I am 40 as when I was 23.

“You have to train more, you have to stretch more, you have to have a different food routine, do many other things to be in the same shape, with the same strength, so I am ready to do so.”