Fernando Alonso has questioned the premise of the upcoming 2022 regulations, saying he doesn’t think there would be much of a difference.
The next season will see F1 undergo a mini-refresh. The new regulations for 2022 will make sure that cars will be entirely different from the ones racing in the current season. This will be both a cosmetic and a functional change.
The return of the ground effect will mean that drivers will have to spend some sessions to get used to the new changes. The cars will be different to drive, and all in all, the driving as a whole could get affected.
Despite this, Alonso questioned the premise of the upcoming 2022 regulations, saying he doesn’t think there would be much adaptation needed for the drivers.
“I don’t think it will make a difference,” Alonso told the Spanish branch of Motorsport.com.
“To be honest, I think it will be much more down to the performance of our cars, the work in the simulator and the work during the winter tests.
Alonso also challenged the notion that the adaptation period to get used to the new cars will be a long one. He suggested that it wouldn’t take much time for the grid to see if their cars work or not. He also suggested that with simulator sessions and time with the team, they will be in place.
“So in terms of adjustment, I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference,” Alonso said.
“It’s just hard work, or harder work than any other winter, because we will have to spend some more time in the simulator and together with the team.”
Alpine is one of the teams that is looking to make the move to the next level. They will know soon enough if they have what it takes to be regular podium contenders.