“Maybe we lost 70 points”, makes Fernando Alonso Alpine responsible for the “poor reliability” of A522 » FirstSportz
Fernando Alonso has been in the form of his life this season but with the A522’s reliability issues he has very little to show for his efforts. The Spaniard has recently been dealing with the gremlins on his car and believes he could have scored 60-70 had it not been for the DNFs and bad luck that came his way.
Fernando Alonso has been super fast this season and has impressed people up and down the paddock because he gave it his all on the track. That’s no small feat considering he’s the oldest driver on the grid.
The former two-time Formula One champion made a big shift in Austria, finishing P10 after starting the race from the back of the grid. Alonso was due to start from P8 during the sprint race but was unable to continue due to an electrical problem and had no choice but to start the Grand Prix from P20.
Many such unfortunate incidents have happened to him so far this season, which is why the 40-year-old only has 29 points to his credit. Esteban Ocon, on the other hand, is far ahead after 11 rounds with 52 points.
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Fernando Alonso details the issues he’s faced this season
Fernando Alonso thinks he’s riding at his best level this season and the points deficit he’s at the moment isn’t his fault, it’s the team. Alonso has spoken about his season so far said“I’m very proud of my own work so far this year.”
“I feel like I’m probably at my highest level driving, also thanks to experience, maybe 2012 level and I’ve got 20 points or so. It’s incredible.”
“Maybe we lost 70 points, I guess 60 points if we count all the failures, bad luck and reliability. So it’s a very strange time of year.”
While Alonso blames the Alpine team for its poor point haul, team boss Otmar Szafnauer disagrees with the Spaniard and blatantly rejects his assessment.
While stressing about Alonso, Otmar said: “It’s not that we’re letting Fernando down, there are several reasons why he didn’t score.”
“I remember the fight with Mick Schumacher [at Imola], a touch made a hole in the sidepod. His defense in Canada against it [Valtteri] Bottas cost him a penalty, just like in Miami.”
“Things like what happened before the sprint on Saturday can happen to anyone. It’s not an alpine problem.”
“We don’t know what caused the problem but everything points to it being a problem with the control unit which is a part we didn’t design but bought.”
“Failed on an Alpine car because of our installation? I doubt it. But we need to understand what happened. We have to solve all the little problems so they don’t show up in the car again. You never know what’s coming next, otherwise it would already be solved.”
The second half of the 2022 season is due to start next Friday and after looking at what Fernando Alonso and Otmar Szafnauer have said on the subject of the Spaniard, it will be interesting to see how Alonso’s A522 would perform compared to Ocon’s only had few problems.
The French Grand Prix is the home race for the Alpine Formula One team and in front of home fans they would certainly try to put on a show and finish as high on the grid as possible.
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