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Rossi: Nobody was seeing us above eighth position

Rossi: Nobody was seeing us above eighth position

Rossi: Nobody was seeing us above eighth position
Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO hailed his team for the job they’ve done over the 2022 Formula 1 season, beating McLaren to fourth in the Constructors’ when at some point no one saw them higher than eighth.

Alpine didn’t have a decent start of their season in 2022, as their Renault power unit – despite being improved – was fragile; just ask Fernando Alonso who suffered from six DNF’s over the course of the season, not to mention breaking down in pre-season testing in Barcelona as well as in qualifying in Melbourne when he was fighting for a Q3 spot.

Esteban Ocon also fell prey to reliability on three occasions in 2022, but somehow Alpine recovered to beat McLaren to fourth in the 2022 F1 Constructors’ Championship.

Pointing out Alpine’s biggest strength in 2022, CEO Laurent Rossi said: “It’s a capacity of Enstone and Viry to deliver upgrades throughout the season and stay competitive.

“We started the season in bad shape. I mean, we arrived in Barcelona, in shambles, I could say, and then the idea was to develop as late as we can, because it was a brand-new car.

“And then from there, to try and make our way up the grid. Nobody was seeing us anywhere above eighth position, I remember back then. And McLaren had a very fast car, so I’m quite pleased that we managed to catch up and then overtake them to get where we are now,” he explained.

P4 good financially, but also for momentum

Rossi explained the importance of P4 in the Constructors’ Championship, both financially and morally, and talked about the building process that was going on behind the scenes at Alpine, who also had a new boss, Otmar Szafnauer join ahead of the 2022 season.

“I mean, it’s always better to finish P4 than P5, no doubt,” he admitted. “At the beginning of the season, the goal was to put a new structure in place, which we did, that structure was supposed to deliver innovations, upgrades throughout the entire season, to be more competitive, which we did, which culminate, ultimately in a better position, which we are very close to be doing.

“So, it is important, not just financially but also for the momentum. We said we would try and progress every year to catch up as much as we can with the top teams. It’s important not to miss the first step.

“Hopefully, we’re going to get there,” Rossi concluded.