Alpine revealed that they have taken the first step of El Plan, with their aspirations for 2022 looking to be heading in the right direction.

Alpine’s goal from many years has been to close the gap to the top teams in F1. The former Renault has been working towards that since the days of Cyril Abiteboul and Daniel Ricciardo.

With current driver Fernando Alonso labelling their goal as ‘El Plan’, it has evolved from an Internet joke to an actual F1 mission. The French team is sparing no effort to make it a success, and have already initiated the first stage of the strategy.

Alpine revealed that they have taken the first step of El Plan, stating that they were on the road to glory.

“We haven’t improved the car that much,” team CEO Laurent Rossi said in an interview with the French edition of Motorsport.com.

“The car is what it is. And this single-seater has suffered more and more over the years, because the slightest change in the regulations turned out to be quite harmful given the philosophy of the car.

Esteban Ocon exits an Alpine mule car in Abu Dhabi. December 2021.
Alpine will head into 2022 full of confidence. Source: planetf1.com

“For (2021) we knew it was going to be tough in Bahrain, we knew it was going to be a slow car, even though it’s relative. And we knew we were going to stop development after Baku.”

All to gain

“There’s not a lot of nervousness, because we’re in a position to gain a lot of ground,” Rossi continued.  

“There’s a lot of positives for us. Of course we can do worse than this year, but I doubt it.

“I think we have good development on the engine side – different [development], which was necessary – good development on the power side. We are sticking to the program we have set ourselves for the start of the year.

“And that brings us closer, maybe not to the level of the top teams, but we don’t know. Because we assume that if we gain so many aero points, kilowatts and electrical energy deployment, we will reduce the gap between the best and us, assuming that the best will continue to improve,” he concluded.

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