Alonso encouraged F1 is ‘moving in the right direction’

Henry Valantine
Fernando Alonso on the day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina December 2021.

Close-up of Fernando Alonso on the day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina December 2021.

Fernando Alonso feels the new measures and regulations are moving the sport in the right direction to becoming more competitive.

The two-time World Champion made it clear that his return to Formula 1 was based around the 2022 rules, which are aimed at bringing the field closer together by building a specification of cars that are designed with the intention of being able to follow each other more closely.

It also provides a blank slate for the teams to try and move their way up the pecking order in the sport, with the Spaniard’s long fight to battle for a third title continuing into another year – but he’s hopeful about the year ahead.

“I hope so,” he quipped at the launch of the A522 when asked if the new regulations could be a ‘game-changer’ this year. “I came back to the sport in 2020 because of these regulations, so it has been one year and a half waiting for these cars.

“I think the team did an amazing job in the last year building this car in Enstone and Viry, so we are all very motivated.”

He added that the budget cap is helping bring the teams closer together in terms of spending power, which in years to come will enable others to catch up to the biggest spenders on the grid – with the intention of continuing to bring things closer together throughout the field.

Alpine finished P5 in the Constructors’ Championship last season, and Alonso said his first year back was a “transitional” time for the team, given the 2021 cars mostly carrying over from the 2020 specifications of what had been in the field beforehand.

He added that there is plenty of reason for optimism with Alpine too, as they look to build on a year where Alonso got on the podium in Qatar, after team-mate Esteban Ocon took his first victory in Formula 1 in Hungary earlier in the season.

“We have been asking for closer racing between cars, especially in the corners,” Alonso said, quoted by Formula1.com. “We will have to wait and see if these regulations allow closer racing, but I will never be upset with the idea of more exciting racing.

“The sport is moving in the right direction off track too, thanks to the introduction of things like a budget cap.

“We hope it can bring more fairer racing between all of the teams with limits on spending to stop others outspending the rest.

 

“Last year was more of a transitional one for the team and obviously a continuation of the 2020 cars.

“This year, though, there is a real feeling of optimism in the team. We’ve worked hard in Enstone and Viry over the winter.

“We will not know where everyone stands until the cars are wheeled out for the first time in Barcelona, but the anticipation of this moment is always special for everyone involved.”

Alpine launched the A522 featuring two liveries, with a predominantly pink version taking them through the opening two rounds of the season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, before reverting to a blue livery with pink trim for the remainder of the season.

 

Alonso believes Alpine are ‘better off’ this year

Fernando Alonso believes that Alpine are in a better place than last year.