The poor development of the engine and the controversial design of the A521 put it at a disadvantage among the middle class this season.
EAt the beginning of the 2021 season, he experienced two very different tracks, which put some teams into trouble, such as Aston Martin, especially Alpine F1, That only adds up 3 points Only ahead of Alfa Romeo, Williams and Haas. His president in the Enstone team insisted today: “The only thing I ask Fernando (Fernando) to do is to help us become a leadership team, because it’s about attitude and mentality, and he has it.” Luca de Meo.
But the pilots and their attitudes don’t seem to be the problem, but The available resources and invested capital of the car in 2021, The year is considered transitional, waiting for the emergence of new “ground effect” cars 2022, Due to the pandemic, the F1 plan postponed the revolution for a year.
That’s why it was decided in the summer at Renault (later the Alps) Will continue to use the same 2020 power unit, When others (such as Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda) choose to move forward to develop their powertrain, because this is the only part that the new 2022 chassis will inherit, and it’s worth it, because this is the 2022 chassis The key elements in the performance.This Save money It seems to be behind the decision.
This result reflects the self virus Only merged some Modify the arrangement of its elements (Separate Turbo from MGU-H) Reasons reliability. In terms of performance, they seem to be a little behind.
“From the end of 2020 to the end of 2021, there are restrictions on the upgrade of effective power plants. This emphasizes the need to continuously extract maximum performance from the first operation. We plan to introduce Our engine upgrade RE20B is the first race of Formula One in Bahrain in 2021. This will prepare us to provide constant performance in every racing weekend,” the head of Alpine F1 Engines pointed out. Remi Taffin The day of the speech. If Bahrain’s engine is a new engine, then they are far from their competitors, and at the end of 2020, they competed with Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo. Podium.
Another problem encountered by Alpine The opposite of other equipment is aerodynamic design, Some experts use words like “inexplicable” or “inexplicable” to evaluate. Dome pontoon Through the lower area without taking advantage of the so-called “Coanda effect” and The oversized air intake tower seems to completely cover the rear wing Provoked initial criticism.
Sports boss himself Marcin Budkowski On his day (Saturday in Bahrain), he clarified: “Yes, it gives the car a rather spectacular and huge shape, but we found It works for us. Have Eclectic center of gravity, But generally speaking, aerodynamic performance is better than weight and center of gravity,” said Poles.
Obviously on the first lap Imola The high center of gravity of these two cars obviously makes them heavy because both Alonso Ocon did not stop losing position when the track was slippery. Mechanical traction and access through medium and fast corners seem to be very limited.
For the new blue team, this seems to be a complicated year. He believes that everything can play a key role in the car of 2022. Alonso will reach his highest level on the next date, but it will be very difficult for him to shine regularly this season.