Fernando Alonso looking to replicate Renault title trajectory02/24/2022
Fernando Alonso has said he wants Alpine to follow the journey he took at Renault on his way to his two titles – with steady progress.
The 2005 and 2006 World Champion explained that the team’s upward trajectory in the early part of the 2000s helped provide the platform for him to take race victories and titles, and he wants Alpine to be able to follow the same pattern.
Alonso is back at the team where he won his championships – albeit under a different name – and after the team has spent most of its recent history in the midfield, he outlined what it will take for the team to pull its way back towards the front.
“I think if we want to win a championship eventually one day as Alpine, you need to make progress on that,” Alonso told Formula1.com.
“I remembered in 2005 as well, we came from one victory in 2003, then a couple of podiums in 2004 – I think I was fourth in the Drivers’ Championship in 2004 – so you need to slowly [keep] getting closer and closer.
“So this year with the new regulations, I will be happy if we get closer to that.
“That means a couple of podiums, very good consistency, fighting for points every time, being in Q3 comfortably every Saturday, things that last year it was just on the edge, so we need to make a step forward for sure.”
Alonso reiterated his desire to win that elusive third World Championship before he retires, and added that he will most likely make his mind up in summer as to whether or not he will choose to continue in Formula 1.
He is pleased that there will be “time to react” to other teams’ developments if there are elements of other cars which prove to be faster than what Alpine have designed, and he feels the sport is “moving in the right direction” to becoming more competitive throughout the field, with the new regulations in place.
With that, Alonso said Alpine will “attack all the way” to try and improve on their P5 finish in the Constructors’ Championship last year.
“From a personal level, you will never be happy until you are champion,” the Spaniard said. “So last year it was one podium for each [driver] and this year we want more, as many as possible.
“That’s the goal, even though at the moment we don’t know how competitive everyone is. But the season is going to be long, opportunities will be there, we have to develop the car as well.
“After we test in Barcelona, maybe we’ll see some trends that are working better than others, and we have time to react before Bahrain, or before Saudi or before Imola.
“We will not give up. I think it’s going to be a long season – we will attack all the way.”
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