Air leak value Alonso the possibility to race Mercedes in F1 Canadian GP

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 problem, 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 underneath inexperienced flag situations, having simply missed the pit entry when a VSC got here out and gave a number of rivals an inexpensive 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 stored the Alfa driver behind, he was known as to the stewards for weaving in entrance of the Finn, and was dropped again to ninth within the last outcomes with a time penalty.

“Good factors, however with out the protection automobiles, I believe it might have been slightly bit higher,” stated 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, now we have to be practical, we’re not going to complete third.

“So with those who we’re preventing for fourth, I am actually completely satisfied, we scored loads of factors.”

When requested in regards to the energy unit downside with Alonso, Szafnauer stated: “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. However it 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 definately 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

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Picture by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Photographs

After the race, Alonso rued that the group’s issues all the time appear to afflict his automotive however Szafnauer downplayed his considerations.

“I am unsure it all the time occurs to him,” he stated. “I am certain it feels that means. However I am unsure 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 stated it was not laborious for the group 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 need to do, permit 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 situation, he had a leak that precipitated him to not have the straightline pace. And Esteban graciously waited for him so we might have a DRS prepare, which is the appropriate factor.”

Szafnauer stated the group had no agency rationalization as to why Alonso was so fast in moist qualifying, however says the group intends to study from the expertise.

“Even with all of the computer systems that now we have, we bought so a lot of them, we’re nonetheless seeking to perceive the variations,” he stated. “However a part of the reason being, he was nice within the moist, and put a very good lap time in. He was additionally fast on Friday as nicely, we had good long term tempo too.

“Quite a lot of that’s circumstances, while you’re out there’s 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.”

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