Alpine F1 Team pre US GP - High stakes

Alpine F1 Team pre US GP - High stakes

19.10.2021: 2021 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX Circuit of the Americas, Austin - Texas 22-24 October 2021 The team collected a solitary point in Turkey courtesy of Esteban Ocon’s zero-stop strategy in damp conditions. Focus turns to Austin, Texas, w

2021 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Circuit of the Americas, Austin - Texas
22-24 October 2021




The team collected a solitary point in Turkey courtesy of Esteban Ocon’s zero-stop strategy in damp conditions. Focus turns to  Austin, Texas, where the stakes are as hot as the BBQ in the closely fought Constructors’ Championship contest as Executive Director Marcin Budkowski explains.




After executing a rare zero-stop strategy last time out, what are the team’s overall thoughts from Istanbul?



While we scored one point with Esteban, we feel Turkey was a missed opportunity, especially with Fernando. Starting from fifth on the grid and having been competitive throughout the weekend – the closest we’ve been to the top teams all season – we went into the race confident and hoping for a strong result, but the first lap incident completely ruined that.


We need to keep qualifying strongly and hopefully next time we can convert our Saturday performances into bigger points on Sunday.




What fine margins will make the difference in the race for fifth?



It’s a tight fight for fifth in the Constructors’ Championship since the start of the season, and we have seen pretty big points swings at a few races. We had a decent points advantage going into Turkey, but we knew it was far from comfortable.


It has now shrunk and we will need to keep scoring consistently at every race and taking every opportunity for bigger points when it presents itself, while keeping a close eye on our competitors. It will no doubt go to the wire, but we have good momentum and are relishing the challenge!




How exciting is it to go the United States again and racing at the Circuit of the Americas?



It’s a popular venue in Formula 1, both for the track and the city. Sector one replicates the Maggotts-Becketts combination at Silverstone, one that the drivers particularly enjoy.



However, a few sections of the track are very bumpy, as covered extensively during the recent Moto GP event, which can be uncomfortable for the drivers but also forces some setup compromises. Off track, Austin is a great city with its own very unique vibe. It’s one of the favourite destinations on the calendar for many Formula 1 personnel.





Tyres:


Hard, C2 (White)
Esteban – 2
Fernando - 2

Medium, C3 (Yellow)
Esteban – 3
Fernando - 3


Soft, C4 (Red)
Esteban – 8
Fernando – 8


Esteban Ocon
Starts – 3
Points - 8
Average Points – 2.66
Fastest Qualifying – 1:34.145 (2018)
Fastest Lap – 1:39.992 (2018)
Best Finish – 6th (2017)
Best Grid Position – 6th (2017, 2018)

Fernando Alonso
Starts – 13 (6 at Indianapolis, 7 at Austin)
Points – 55
Average Points – 4.23
Fastest Qualifying – 1:35.007 (Austin, 2017), 1:11.185 (Indianapolis, 2004)
Fastest Lap – 1:39.672 (Austin, 2012) 1:11.236 (Indianapolis, 2004)
Best Finish – 2nd (Indianapolis, 2007), 3rd (Austin, 2012)
Best Grid Position – 2nd (Indianapolis, 2007), 6th (Austin, 2013, 2014)



Renault-powered cars in the United States Grand Prix

Starts - 75
Wins - 1
Podiums - 11
Pole Positions - 2
Fastest Laps - 3
Total points - 274






Last team result in the United States Grand Prix


Ricciardo
Grid – 9th
Race – 6th

Hülkenberg
Grid – 11th
Race – 9th




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