July 14, finally a day of celebration for Alpine in Sao Paulo?

One month after the terrible double retirement at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Alpine wants to pull itself together this national holiday weekend. In Brazil, the Blues have the ambition to erase the rout at Sarthe.

Published on 09/07/2024 à 10:03

Dorian Grangier

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July 14, finally a day of celebration for Alpine in Sao Paulo?

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Blue, white and red will shine in France this Sunday July 14, National Holiday. Hopefully these same colors will also shine in Brazil, where Alpine will take part in the 6 Hours of São Paulo, fifth round of WEC. In South America, the Blues hope to be at the party because a month earlier, the show was cut short during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The two A424s then retired even before the sixth hour of the race, both with engine problems.

After the shock of this terrible disillusionment for the return of the A arrow in the Sarthe in the premier category, the French team wants at all costs to bounce back from the Brazilian round to erase the Le Mans rout. Alpine claims to have found and understood the origin of the problems which affected the Mecachromes engines at Le Mans and is advancing ready for combat in São Paulo.

“We are looking forward to being there to regain our good momentum and confirm our potential after the Le Mans meeting. We believe we have identified our problems and implemented a number of corrective actions, confides Philippe Sinault, Team Principal Alpine Endurance Team. We know our package much better, we have worked a lot upstream and we are clearly keen to do well, especially during this July 14 weekend. »

Alpine at the same level as its competitors

With its young A424, Alpine will not have the handicap of the terrain this weekend, since it is the first time that the WEC has visited Interlagos since 2014. Only Porsche et Toyota have already driven on the Paulista track, during the LM P1 era. “There is always enthusiasm to discover a new playground, even more so on a legendary track and in a country so passionate about motorsport., rejoices Philippe Sinault. Interlagos is an old-fashioned circuit, very different from those we have experienced this season. »

“Among the challenges, the unevenness means that the car is rarely straight in the braking zones, explains the Berruyer manager. Drivers brake a lot on downforce, so it will be crucial that they are comfortable with balance. The re-accelerations with the numerous slopes and climbs also promise to be very interesting. The track puts the tires to the test, particularly the one at the right rear. The weather is always a little uncertain, so we will do everything to be prepared for any eventuality. »

Alpine can also count on the experience of Nicolas lapierre, winner of the event in 2012 with Toyota, and on that of Mick Schumacher, who already rode at Interlagos in Formula 1 twice.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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