Lacking pace at Imola, Alpine falls back into his faults

Despite a promising double passage in Q2, Alpine suffered during the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. Two weeks after the first point obtained in Miami, the French clan regained its distant position in the hierarchy.

Published on 20/05/2024 à 11:23

Dorian Grangier

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Lacking pace at Imola, Alpine falls back into his faults

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There will have been no new dynamic launched after the first point obtained by Alpine at Miami. At Imola, the first meeting of the European tour, A fléché was one of the only teams not to bring anything new to the A524… and this showed on the track. If the two French single-seaters managed to get into Q2, with a promising 12th place for Esteban Ocon on the grid, the two Normans struggled on Sunday.

On a circuit where it is difficult to overtake, the two French drivers found themselves in traffic, unable to climb back towards a Top 10 which was inexorably moving away as the laps went by. Esteban Ocon, best placed on the grid, was quickly overtaken by a Lance stroll faster on board its Aston Martin. At the end of an anonymous race, where no racing event came to reshuffle the cards – unlike in Miami – the native of Évreux passed under the checkerboard in 14th place.

“It was a difficult race today and an ultimately tricky weekend overall, underlines the French. Ultimately, we had neither the pace to compete nor the speed to attack or defend, which limited our options. We managed to maintain our position at the start, but we had difficulty containing Lance [Stroll] at the start of the first stint. He escaped as soon as he overtook us and we were unable to maintain our lead against the others. We tried to extend our first stint to take advantage of possible late stops, but that was not the case. We weren't in the match, but we will continue our efforts next week in Monaco. »

Alpine tried a bet with Gasly

If Esteban Ocon experienced a monotonous race in the peloton, that of Pierre Gasly was more lively: starting from 15th place on the grid, the Rouennais tried a different two-stop strategy, stopping earlier at the start of the race, in the hope of a Safety Car. A safety car that never came…

“What led us to make this choice was that we had to try to do something different. Afterwards, I think it clearly didn't go as we expected, confided Pierre Gasly after the race, speaking to Canal+. I have to take eight or nine blue flags which cost us two seconds each time. There are things that need to be revisited, because there, we unfortunately missed out. I think that in any case, it would have been complicated to have a very good race. I find myself at the start of the race just behind Ricciardo and not very far from Hulkenberg, and we end up very, very far away. We will clearly have to review what we could have done better. »

Direction Monaco now for the Blues, where Esteban Ocon won a podium last year. A feat that will be difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce this weekend…

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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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Eric Stevens

20/05/2024 at 01:55 a.m.

I prayed, and I'm sure Gasly too, for a safety car which would have been a good time! I think this is the bet that was made...and which did not work. we can clearly see that the biggest problem now is a huge power deficit (they make me laugh with their 30hp, 80 at least!) which forces them to unload, therefore losing performance. It's no coincidence that no one else is riding this engine or considering it! it is too late now to change course, we had to sell 2 years ago to avoid making a fool of ourselves in the eyes of the whole world! but hey, it’s like the rest of the country!

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

20/05/2024 at 11:36 a.m.

Well, poor consolation, Fernand with the Aston finished behind the Alpine ... enough to make him regret being in a green suit?

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