The Spaniard was pressured to retire from final weekend’s race on the sixty fourth lap with a cylinder subject whereas operating in seventh place.
The retirement price Alpine priceless factors in its battle with McLaren for fourth within the F1 world championship.
After the race, Alonso mirrored on what number of engine issues he has had in 2022, and the way they all the time appeared to occur to his automotive.
“So once more, this was an engine subject,” mentioned Szafnauer when requested why there was a sample. “And we do not have the identical folks getting ready an Esteban engine or a Fernando engine, all of them combine round.
“The chance of this occurring is not zero. So it may possibly occur. However it’s decrease to all the time to have it on one aspect or the opposite. However, after I was at Honda, I am unable to bear in mind what number of engine failures Takuma Sato had, like 13 in a yr, and Jenson [Button] had none. Zero.
“And the query all the time got here up, we could not discover something to point out that it was one aspect or the opposite. And at that time, the questions had been all the time does Takuma drive it a lot in a different way to Jenson, that it all the time occurs on his aspect?
“I feel it was simply the luck of the draw. So I feel it is the luck of the draw [this time].”
Pressed on whether or not or not there was a motive, he mentioned: “Not that we are able to discover. So it isn’t that we are able to see that, ‘It is this set of circumstances, it is all the time on Fernando’s aspect’.”
An exasperated Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 Workforce, after retiring from the race
Picture by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Photos
Szafnauer admitted that he understood that Alonso could be upset: “Look, we apologise to Fernando. You all the time really feel pissed off once you’re managing a race, ahead, backward. I imply, there was no threat in any respect.
“And you understand the factors are within the bag, nobody’s pushing you. And that makes it much more irritating. So I get it.”
The race initially went to plan for Alpine, with Alonso and teammate Esteban Ocon crucially forward of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Alonso additionally gained a spot from Valtteri Bottas, with Ocon leaping the Finn afterward.
“As soon as we had been forward of them, it was nearly managing,” mentioned Szafnauer. “Fernando, for instance, was driving at a couple of second a lap slower than he may have. And simply managing temperatures, brakes. We knew it was going to be powerful to get it to the top.
“And Esteban, then again, did a very good job to get forward of the McLarens.
“We initially got down to go on to the exhausting. However then we did see that the comfortable was doable too, we watched some others. We did not react too shortly. And Lewis’s lap time was actually good on the exhausting.
“So we saved with our technique, which might have labored nicely to the top. However Fernando had his cylinder subject, which meant he needed to cease. We tried to get him to limp house, however ultimately he could not. He had that subject for about 13 to 14 laps earlier than we stopped him.”
The excellent news for Alonso is that he ought to have sufficient energy unit components in his pool to make it by way of the final two races with out penalty: “This engine was by no means going to run once more anyway. Nevertheless, the foundation trigger we do not know but. It may have been a sparkplug, may have been a piston ring, may have been extreme knock.”
Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36
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Szafnauer additionally revealed Ocon didn’t have a simple race to his eighth place, both.
“Esteban within the latter half of the race began shedding water strain, so we needed to elevate and coast it,” he defined.
“We do not know what it’s but. But it surely seemed prefer it was a small water leak within the water system someplace, which is why you begin shedding strain.
“And one of the simplest ways is to stabilise it. When you can think about, when you’re boiling water, the strain will increase in no matter vessel it is in, and also you deliver it down, you cool it down, much less strain, much less leak. So it did not trigger any harm. However we do not know the foundation trigger.”