Alpine defend prioritising efficiency over reliability after newest retirement · RaceFans

Alpine group principal Otmar Szafnauer backed Renault’s resolution to prioritise efficiency over reliability after one other engine failure put Fernando Alonso out of the Mexican Grand Prix.

Alonso ran on 5 cylinders as an alternative of six for nearly a fifth of the race, however having run in seventh place he started to slide down the order after which retired.

His group mate Esteban Ocon managed to complete eighth but in addition needed to take care of technical issues. He nursed his automotive dwelling as a water system drawback made it “vital” for him to lift-and-coast for a lot of the race.

Szafnauer stated the race started nicely for the group till the issues struck. “The race really deliberate out as [intended], and it normally doesn’t,” he stated.

“However this time it did as we set out within the technique. Begin on the medium tyre, go so long as we will as a result of we knew the medium tyre was a superb one, get a superb begin.

“We knew that if we had been to get forward of the McLarens, the race tempo was higher than theirs and we may keep there. [Valtteri] Bottas too, we had been capable of get him, and he began fairly a method forward of us. And as soon as we had been forward of them, it was nearly managing.”

Nonetheless it was not simply tempo that his drivers needed to handle.

“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 him to the tip. Esteban, however, did a extremely good job to return up and get forward of the McLarens.”

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Ocon’s tempo within the second half of the race bolstered Alpine’s strategic resolution to change him to Pirelli’s laborious compound tyres at his pit cease, with Alonso making the identical change later within the race.

“[It] would have labored nicely ’til the tip till Fernando had his cylinder situation, which meant he needed to cease. We tried to get him to limp dwelling, however ultimately he couldn’t. He had that situation for about 13 or 14 laps earlier than we stopped him.”

Alpine don’t know “the basis trigger” of the problems with Alonso’s inner combustion engine, which was making its final scheduled look in his automotive, nor did they work out through the race what induced the leak in Ocon’s water system. However the measures Ocon took to regulate the water strain not solely obtained him to the end but in addition prevented any injury being brought on by the fault.

Following the race Alonso claimed his automotive suffered extra technical issues than Ocon’s. Szafnauer identified the preparation of their engines is rotated between completely different workers members.

“We don’t have the identical individuals getting ready an ‘Esteban engine’ or a ‘Fernando engine’, they’ll combine round,” he stated.

Szafnauer acknowledged Alpine has suffered from unreliability this season. He identified that as a result of engine improvement freeze which got here into pressure in the beginning of the season, Renault can solely make reliability enhancements, not search efficiency positive aspects.

“That is earlier than I used to be right here however I feel it was the appropriate resolution on the powertrain aspect,” he stated, declaring Renault selected “to err on the aspect of efficiency as a result of the powertrain was going to be frozen.”

“We made a aware resolution to push the efficiency envelope and repair reliability points as we obtained to them, as a result of the FIA permits that,” Szafnauer continued.

“Nonetheless, we mustn’t overlook that we didn’t do it on goal to not be dependable, however when you’ve got the err on [one] aspect, you push the efficiency boundary as a result of you possibly can’t add efficiency now till 2026.”

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