Fernando Alonso will start its second season with BWT Alpine F1 team in 2022, when new rules will enter. As the A522 turns out, the network’s most experienced driver shares his thoughts on the upcoming season and the upheavals that could happen to it.
Alonso unites with Esteban Ocon once again in the 2022 season, after the notable 2021 campaign in which Alonso earned his first podium since 2014, Okon his first F1 victory and overall 5th place in the constructors ’standings.
“Last year was more of a transition for the team and, obviously, a continuation of 2020 cars. However, we still managed to achieve fantastic results, such as Esteban’s victory in Hungary and my podium in Qatar. But this year the team is really optimistic.
«We worked hard at Anston and Weirie over the winter. We will not know where everyone is until the cars come out for the first time in Barcelona, but the anticipation of this moment is always special for everyone involved! ”
Alonso said he is excited to continue competing with Okon and working together in a team atmosphere.
“Before joining Alpine in 2021, I knew little of Esteban, but not personally. However, over the past season he has been a fantastic teammate. It’s very easy to get along with, and we’re both looking forward to this season, where we can share some more memories with Alpine. “
As for the new technical regulations, the Spanish driver promised closer combat and more opportunities for overtaking.
“We asked for closer races between cars, especially in corners. We will have to wait and see if these rules will allow closer races, but I will never be upset by this idea more exciting races ”.
“The upcoming races that offer regulations can be very important for sports. In previous years on many tracks the only realistic way to overtake was direct with DRS. And sometimes not at all!
«The idea that I can keep an eye on the car ahead closer through corners is very exciting for me and should make it more difficult for us drivers. ”
Responding to the new technical era, Alonso said much remains to be learned about the A522 – a knowledge he looks forward to uncovering after the start of winter trials.
“This is certainly different from previous generations of Formula 1 cars. There’s a lot of simulation and analysis at the moment, so I’m looking forward to winter testing when we learn a lot more. In addition, my experience and training at the A521 last year will help set up the A522 in a style I’m happy with. ”
Along with changes to the cars themselves, Alonso said the price cap is a step towards more equal conditions.
“Sport is also moving in the right direction, thanks to the introduction of things like budget constraints. We hope that this can bring a fairer race between all the teams with limited costs to prevent others from spending the rest. ”