Alpine Racing F1 Qatar GP practices - Enjoyable debut for Esteban and Fernando

Alpine Racing F1 Qatar GP practices - Enjoyable debut for Esteban and Fernando

19.11.2021: QATAR GRAND PRIX Losail International Circuit Friday, November 19th, 2021 Alpine F1 Team had its first experience of the Losail International Circuit today, as preparations got underway for this weekend’s first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in Qa


QATAR GRAND PRIX
Losail International Circuit
Friday, November 19th, 2021





Alpine F1 Team had its first experience of the Losail International Circuit today, as preparations got underway for this weekend’s first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in Qatar.




Embarking on the 5.38km circuit for the first time in their careers, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso finished eleventh and twelfth respectively on their debuts at the impressive flood lit venue.



In the morning session, Esteban completed 23 laps and finished inside the top ten in ninth place on a 1min 24.972secs, posting his fastest time on the Soft compound.



Fernando’s FP1 was a little busier, after he explored the limits of the track a little extensively and ran wide at Turn 15, bouncing over the kerbs on the exit of the corner. His car was checked over during the session and he was able to leave the garage again with just over ten minutes left and finished seventeenth.



As dusk fell for Free Practice 2, both drivers opened the session with Esteban trialling the Hards and Fernando on Mediums. Soon enough they switched to Softs and found themselves sitting around the edge of the top ten on the leaderboard.



On their Soft tyre runs, Esteban’s best time, a 1min 24.041secs, was good enough for eleventh, with Fernando only 0.014s down in twelfth. The pair held these positions at the chequered flag and ended their day on long runs in preparation for Sunday’s 57-lap race.




Esteban Ocon, #31, A521-04
Free Practice 1: P9, 1:24.972, 23 laps
Free Practice 2: P11, 1:24.041 29 laps



Esteban: “It was a fun Friday discovering this new track. It had some very good surprises for many reasons, so it’s been an enjoyable day. The track was high grip and it was very fast and flowing, which was awesome to drive. It brings challenges of places like Sepang and Istanbul rolled into one and that was really good fun to experience.


It’s challenging for all of us to learn a new track, but the team and I prepared very well so we could be ready straight away. It’s about getting the car into the right set-up, finding improvements run by run and seeing what ideas on the car to improve. All in all, it’s been a productive one for us today and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in qualifying.”




Fernando Alonso, #14, A521-06
Free Practice 1: P17, 1:25.905, 21 laps
Free Practice 2: P12, 1:24.056 25 laps




Fernando: “The circuit is really great to drive. I love the layout and how the combination of corners really gives you the feeling and ability to maximise the potential in a Formula 1 car.


I was enjoying every lap, so it was a fun Friday. The grip levels were good today especially in FP2 and the car also felt solid in both sessions. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow and we need to evaluate everything overnight but el plan will be to target Q3 in qualifying tomorrow. Overall, a happy day for a happy man.”





Alan Permane, Sporting Director
: “Firstly, it’s always good to come to new places like here in Qatar – we’ve received a warm welcome and the facilities are first class. The early impressions of this circuit are very positive with both Esteban and Fernando commenting on how enjoyable it is to drive with its nice flow and high-speed corners.


Drivers enjoy tracks which have challenging, near flat-out corners and this place has that to offer throughout. We did our homework on data simulations and we arrived here well prepared. Putting that preparation into practice on track to see where we’re at on the timesheets is always rewarding – especially when everything works pretty much to plan.


The main aim for today was to get into our programme as fast as possible and that meant having both drivers up to speed quickly before doing our normal Friday work, which is a balance between shaping the car set-up, getting everything dialled in and also learning the tyres within the two hours on-track.



We’ve finished today reasonably happy but, as always, there’s work to do to refine the set-up and find more performance ahead of qualifying tomorrow. We’ve started to build a picture on race strategy too, so we’re in a good position ready for the rest of the weekend.”




Total Laps: 98 laps (52 for Esteban, 46 for Fernando), 527km.





- Alpine also photos

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/alpine-racing-f1-qatar-gp-practices-enjoyable-debut-esteban-fernando---231507.html

19.11.2021 / MaP

More News

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Qatar practices - Interesting challenge in the desert
19.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International CircuitFriday, November 19th, 2021 A busy first day at the Losail International Circuit for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, building up experience on more >>
Red Bull Racing Honda F1 Qatar GP practices - Cool track
19.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International CircuitFriday, November 19th, 2021     MAX VERSTAPPENFirst Practice Session: 1:23.723, Position: 1, Laps: 22Second Practice Session: 1:23.498, Position: 3, Laps: 20 more >>
Uralkali Haas F1 Qatar GP practices - Gaining experience on a fast track
19.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International CircuitFriday, November 19th, 2021    Location: Losail International Circuit, DohaLayout: 5.380-kilometer (3.343-mile), 16-turn circuitFP1 & FP2 Weather: Sunny / WarmDrivers: Nikita Mazep more >>
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Qatar GP practices - Exploration time
19.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International CircuitFriday, November 19th, 2021Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN had a productive Friday of practice at the Qatar Grand Prix, with both sessions devoted to discovering the Losail International Circuit and doing set-up g more >>
Scuderia AlphaTauri F1 Qatar GP practices - Goal: to be as far up the grid
19.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International CircuitFriday, November 19th, 2021    Pierre Gasly (AT02-05, Car 10)First Practice Session - Best lap: 1:24.160, pos. 2nd, 28 lapsSecond Practice Session – Best lap: 1:23.357, more >>
Qatar GP Free Practice 2 classification - Bottas leads Gasly and Verstappen
19.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International CircuitFriday, November 19th, 2021Live here  & more >>
Qatar GP Free Practice 1 classification - Verstappen leads Gasly and Bottas
19.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International CircuitFriday, November 19th, 2021Live here1     33     Max Verstappen   & more >>
Honda F1 2021 Round 20 Qatar GP Setup
18.11.2021
Round 20 of this 22 race season see's Formula 1 venturing to another new track this weekend, in Qatar.  The Losail international circuit, having played host to Moto GP, now opens its doors to the F1 paddock as the championship battle hots up. more >>
Alpine F1 Qatar Grand Prix factfile
18.11.2021
Alpine F1 Team is in Qatar for the twentieth race of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Qatar Grand Prix. The circuit • In 2007 Losail was the world’s largest permanent sports lighting project in the more >>
Qatar Grand Prix weather forecast -schedule
18.11.2021
Qatar Grand PrixLosail International Circuit19-21 November 2021   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – FP1 AND FP2 WEATHERConditions: Sunny and dry all day long. Light northwesterly wind.Maximu more >>
Week from 17 to 21 November in Ferrari history -video Rossi F1 test 2008
18.11.2021
21/11. In 2008, Valentino Rossi ended his third test at the wheel of a Ferrari. The multiple MotoGP world champion was driving an F2008 at Mugello and really enjoyed himself despite the track being wet. Over two days, he drove 56 laps, equivalent to 257 kilometres.VIDEO   more >>
Qatar Grand Prix facts and figures
18.11.2021
  1. The number of current Formula 1 drivers who have raced at the Losail circuit. In February 2009, Sergio Perez took part in the two legs of the GP2 Asia championship. The Mexican won Race 1 and came second in Race 2, which was won by Nico Hülkenberg. more >>
Scuderia Ferrari F1 - First time in Losail
18.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021The final triple-header of the season ends at what is a brand new venue for Formula 1. After Mexico and Brazil, Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow now heads for Qatar, on more >>
Fernando Alonso - open minded heading to Qatar
18.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Fernando Alonso heads to Qatar for the final stretch of races this season in the Middle East. He enters the end of the triple header following a strong recovery drive in Brazil, more >>
Esteban Ocon - It is fun to go to new circuits
18.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Esteban Ocon returned to the points in Brazil after securing eighth place at the chequered flag at Interlagos. The Frenchman wants to add to his points tally this weekend more >>
Alpine F1 Team on Qatar Grand-Prix - React and adapt
18.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Formula 1 visits Qatar for the first time this weekend but someone who knows the Losail International Circuit better than anyone is Alpine F1 Team’s Racing Director more >>
What Can We Expect from the Losail International Circuit?
18.11.2021
This weekend, Formula One makes its first visit to Qatar, with the Losail International Circuit hosting the final round of this triple-header. It's a brand-new track for F1, so, what can we expect from it?  What's the track layout like? more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Qatar Grand Prix preview, quotes and stats
18.11.2021
Formula One's first visit to Qatar and the Losail International Circuit takes place this weekend   Last weekend in São Paulo was a triumph through adversity and I couldn't be prouder of the fighting spirit from every member of our Team. Through each setbac more >>
Daniel Ricciardo ahead Qatar GP - Different challenge for everyone
18.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021“We were unfortunate in Brazil not to come away with points on my side. It was a shame, but there’s still plenty of positives to take more >>
Lando Norris ahead Qatar GP - Hoping to bounce back
18.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021“After a tough race in Brazil last week, I’m hoping we can bounce back as we head to Qatar for the first time in Formula 1 this weekend. more >>
McLaren F1 "This week marks the first-ever Qatar Grand Prix in Formula 1's history"
17.11.2021
Eat, sleep, race, repeat.Eat, sleep, race, repeat.Eat, sleep, race, repeat.As we come to the end of the last triple-header of the 2021 Formula 1 season and draw ever closer to the conclusion of this year’s record-breaking 22-race campaign, it’s fair to say that the last few weeks have been a bit of a blur. At the ri more >>
Kimi Räikkönen on Qatar Grand-Prix - Want great result in the dust
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Kimi Räikkönen (Car #7): “I am approaching the last three races of my career and to race in two completely new tracks is quite interesting: it sure add more >>
Antonio Giovinazzi ahead of Qatar GP - Midfield is as close as it can be
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Antonio Giovinazzi (Car #99): “I am really looking forward to being back in the cockpit and to getting back to racing. The announcements of this week are in the pas more >>
Frederic Vasseur - Crucial race in Qatar for us
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN: “It’s been a busy week, with some big announcements for our team, but all our focus needs to more >>
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN pre Qatar GP -Digging deep in the Gulf
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN heads to uncharted territory at this weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix, the 20th race of the 2021 season and the final part of a triple-header spanning three continents more >>
Aston Martin Racing -2021 Qatar Grand Prix Race Preview Presented by Cognizant
17.11.2021
Talking PointsSebastian Vettel"This weekend will mark the first time that we have raced at the Losail International Circuit, so at this stage, there are a lot of unknowns. Because we have very little to no data, other than our recent telemetr more >>
Mick Schumacher ahead Qatar GP - Business as usual
17.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix F1 Round 20Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021The inaugural Qatar Grand Prix will take place at the purpose-built Losail International Circuit – a location known for hosting battles on two wheels, rather more >>
Nikita Mazepin ahead of Qatar GP - Love racing in the night
17.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix F1 Round 20Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021The inaugural Qatar Grand Prix will take place at the purpose-built Losail International Circuit – a location known for hosting battles on two wheels, rathe more >>
Guenther Steiner ahead Qatar GP - "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"
17.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix F1 Round 20Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021The Qatar Grand Prix is the third and final race in the last triple-header instalment of races on the 2021 F1 calendar. With changes of continents, t more >>
Uralkali Haas F1 Team in heading to inaugural Qatar Grand-Prix
17.11.2021
Qatar Grand Prix F1 Round 20Losail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Uralkali Haas F1 Team is heading from the Americas to the Middle East for the final leg of a triple-header, and an inaugural trip to Qatar, marking Round 20 of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. more >>
Yuki Tsunoda will try to do better in Qatar
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIX LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT19th – 21st NOVEMBER 2021“I enjoyed my first visit to Brazil and discovering another new track was very interesting. Interlagos is certainly unique with a great atmosphere more >>
Pierre Gasly ahead of Qatar GP - Should be very interesting
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIX LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT19th – 21st NOVEMBER 2021“After Brazil, we are still in the fight for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship but it was a pretty tough weekend. It was nice to be back in Sao more >>
Nicholas Latifi ahead of Qatar GP -Challenge on new track
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIX LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT19th – 21st NOVEMBER 2021 Nicholas Latifi: I’m really looking forward to the challenge of going to a new track and racing at Losail International Circuit. more >>
George Russell excited to take Losail high-speed corners
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIX LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT19th – 21st NOVEMBER 2021George Russell: It is always very exciting to visit new tracks, so I am looking forward to heading to the Losail International Circuit in Qatar this weekend. more >>
Williams Racing F1 notes and quotes ahead of inaugural Qatar Grand Prix
17.11.2021
QATAR GRAND PRIX PREVIEWLOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT19th – 21st NOVEMBER 202Formula One’s inaugural Qatar Grand Prix takes place this weekend, with the teams travelling to Losail International Circuit for round 20 of the 2021 FIA Formula One Wor more >>
79th edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco infos and tickets
16.11.2021
The 79th edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco will be held from Thursday, 26th to Sunday, 29th May 2022*. On this occasion, the traditional program will be modified.From 2022, the F1 sessions will take place on FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY. Thursday afternoon will be ded more >>
Red Bull Honda Racing f1 notes on Qatar GP - Checo won the GP2 Asia series here in 2009
16.11.2021
F1 QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International Circuit19-21 November 2021•    Checo won at the Losail International Circuit when he competed in the GP2 Asia Series in 2009 (photo caption).  He is the only active Formula One driver more >>
Sergio Perez ahead of Qatar GP - We will be competitive
16.11.2021
F1 QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International Circuit19-21 November 2021Without the timing of the virtual safety car in Brazil do you believe you would have achieved a fourth straight podium in Sao Paulo?Yes, we were very unlucky on more >>
Max Verstappen quotes ahead of Qatar GP - Excited to driving there
16.11.2021
F1 QATAR GRAND PRIXLosail International Circuit19-21 Novem The race in Brazil was a tough one for you and Checo. How do you reflect it now?Yes it was a tough weekend, in general we were a little bit off pace to Mercedes but more >>

Kategorien

2001-2022 automobilsport.com full copyright