Alonso certified second within the moist on Saturday in Montreal however within the race he slipped again to seventh on the highway behind teammate Esteban Ocon.
Szafnauer believes that had Alonso not been hit by the difficulty, which compromised his straight-line efficiency from round Lap 20, he might have fought with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell for a spot on the rostrum.
Alonso additionally misplaced out by making his first pitstop beneath inexperienced flag situations, having simply missed the pit entry when a VSC got here out and gave a number of rivals an affordable cease.
Within the latter a part of the race, Alonso discovered himself behind Ocon, who helped him achieve DRS to remain forward of the pursuing Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas. Though Alonso saved the Alfa driver behind, he was referred to as to the stewards for weaving in entrance of the Finn, and was dropped again to ninth within the remaining outcomes with a time penalty.
“Good factors, however with out the protection automobiles, I believe it might have been a little bit bit higher,” mentioned Szafnauer. “The tempo of the automotive within the moist was good. The tempo of the automotive within the dry, we thought we’d be not as quick because the Ferraris and Crimson Bulls, however about as quick because the Mercedes.
“And because it turned out, the Mercedes bought us due to some circumstance. However within the championship general, we’re not going to beat them, we have now to be practical, we’re not going to complete third.
“So with those who we’re preventing for fourth, I am actually joyful, we scored loads of factors.”
When requested in regards to the energy unit drawback with Alonso, Szafnauer mentioned: “We had a little bit of a difficulty on Fernando’s automotive, which is why he completed behind Esteban.
“We do not know what it’s but. But it surely seems prefer it was an air leak someplace. However from the place, I do not know.
“That manifested itself in some larger temperatures, and then you definitely needed to handle, and so we had been restricted down the straight. Thank God it wasn’t large enough the place we stopped.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522
Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Photos
After the race, Alonso rued that the staff’s issues at all times appear to afflict his automotive however Szafnauer downplayed his issues.
“I am undecided it at all times occurs to him,” he mentioned. “I am positive it feels that means. However I am undecided that is proper.”
Within the closing laps Alonso was eager to get previous Ocon, claiming that he had been “100 occasions quicker” through the weekend.
Szafnauer mentioned it was not exhausting for the staff to make the decision to make sure that the drivers held station: “I imply, we had been fifth and sixth, proper? So what do you wish to do, enable them to race or swap them to be fifth and sixth once more?
“I am all in favour of permitting him to race, however you have to bear in mind Fernando had a powertrain subject, he had a leak that brought about him to not have the straightline pace. And Esteban graciously waited for him so we might have a DRS practice, which is the correct factor.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522
Photograph by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Photos
Szafnauer mentioned the staff had no agency clarification as to why Alonso was so fast in moist qualifying, however says the staff intends to be taught from the expertise.
“Even with all of the computer systems that we have now, we bought so a lot of them, we’re nonetheless trying to perceive the variations,” he mentioned. “However a part of the reason being, he was nice within the moist, and put an excellent lap time in. He was additionally fast on Friday as nicely, we had good future tempo too.
“Numerous that’s circumstances, whenever you’re out there may be the observe drying, are the others on the market on the identical time? So there are loads of variables to have the ability to take a look at and perceive.”