According to Alpine’s executive director Marcin Budkowski, the A521 will be fitted with an aerodynamic upgrade package for the upcoming race at Imola.
At Bahrain, the French outfit could not score any points as both Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon had to go through unfortunate circumstances.
Alonso’s race came to an end after his breaks overheated due to a sandwich wrapper that got stuck in the break duct. On the other hand, Ocon could not get a chance to go for the top 10 finish after a contact with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.
Budkowski also believed that Alpine’s performance at Bahrain was not at the level of their top midfield rivals.
“The Bahrain race weekend confirmed some of the weaknesses of our package, which we’re working hard to improve and gain the few tenths of a second that we are currently missing to fight at the front of the midfield,” explained Budkowski.
Budkowski is hoping for an increase in performance as the Alpine car will be going through a series of aero updates. The team is also going to test a few elements that in the future might find a permanent place in the A521.
“It will be interesting to see how our car performs on a different circuit, having only been to Bahrain for testing and the first race so far this season,” added the Alpine executive director.
“It will also generate new data to help our development effort. As a team, we have happy memories from our podium here last season so it’s good to go back!
“We have an aerodynamic upgrade package coming to the car for this Grand Prix.
“In addition, we have some test items to assess during Friday practice, which will help define further upgrades planned over the next few races.”
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