F1 is back in Marina Bay for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic. Ahead of the Singapore Gran Prix, the Alpine’s Chief Technical Officer Pat Fry along with Fernando Alonso have shared their thoughts on the seventeenth race of the season.
“It’s great that we are going back to Singapore for the first time since 2019. Since its introduction onto the calendar, it’s always been a good event with the characteristics of the track bringing excitement to both Qualifying and the Race,” said Fry.
For the first part of the Asian leg, the French team have planned to bring some new updates, as Fry explains:
“We are bringing an entire new floor to both cars this weekend, which will also carry over to Japan for the next race. Visually, on the surface, it’s not much different to the previous version as most of the developments are underneath.”
“It should bring a reasonable step in performance, though. At recent races, we’ve managed to bring a strong set of developments to the car, and they’ve all worked as expected.”
“We have some more upgrades to bring this season before we begin to wind down by Austin at the end of October. Everyone at Enstone has worked exceptionally well on meeting targets for developments, so credit to everyone involved for their hard work.”
The Alpine A522 since the start of the season proved to be a high-performance car in the midfield fight, as proved in Spa and Zandvoort.
“It was an intense few weeks on the road in Europe and we’ve been glad for the reset before the final flyaway races of the season.” - commented Alonso - “We came away from the triple header with 18 points, scored in Spa and Zandvoort. We had two strong races there and the car was performing well.”
However, in Monza the car was not at his best. The Spaniard explained his team worked hard to understand the issues and bring an update that is hoped will bring the car back to a competitive level.
“Unfortunately, we had to retire the car in Italy where we were hoping to make it an eleventh points finish in a row. The car didn’t feel as strong in Monza as it did the previous two weekends, so we’ve looked into this to try and understand why.”
“We hope to be back to our usual competitive level in Singapore. The whole team have been working hard on a new upgrade package for this race, so I’m excited to see what it produces.”