Are the gloves now off between Fernando Alonso and Alpine? : PlanetF1

With simply two races left of their deal collectively, has the connection between Alpine and Fernando Alonso gone bitter?

Of all of the groups Alonso has raced for in his 21-year profession, it’s Renault who he’s most carefully related to.

He first raced for them in 2003, occurring to win the 2005 and 2006 Championships earlier than returning to the staff, now referred to as Alpine, in 2021.

However along with his impending transfer to Aston Martin on the horizon, there appears to have been a breakdown within the relationship between the pair.

It seems Alonso’s important sources of irritation are two-fold. One how Alpine dealt along with his future and two, the automotive they’ve given him this yr.

By way of the previous, Alonso was by no means pleased with the best way his future on the staff was being dealt with. He made it clear he wished a two-year deal, believing his performances warranted that, whereas Alpine, conscious they on the time had Oscar Piastri ready within the wings, had been hedging their bets.

Alonso grew impatient so when Sebastian Vettel’s retirement created a chance at Aston Martin, he jumped on it. Alpine in the meantime had been reportedly saved at the hours of darkness, solely discovering out a brief interval earlier than the world knew and much too late to tie down Piastri.

What transpired was the French outfit struggling a double humiliation of shedding one driver after which being publicly rebuked by one other.

However nonetheless, most of Alpine’s ire was directed at Piastri with Otmar Szafnauer begrudgedly accepting {that a} driver in his 40s is at all times going to be tempted by a two-year moderately than a one-year deal.

Together with his future confirmed, Alonso has been allowed to deal with his driving – however he is not going to have been impressed by what he has made to endure.

Throughout the course of the season, the Spaniard has had three engine issues, one hydraulic failure, been hit by one other driver as soon as, two gradual pit stops, one electrical problem and 4 qualifying quick laps ruined.

Whereas Alpine are to not be blamed for Alonso being pushed into, the results of their incapability to place out a automotive that may final the total distance has value the two-time World Champion someplace within the area of 70 factors. Had none of those points occurred, then he might be as excessive as seventh within the standings, behind solely the Ferraris, Mercedes and Purple Bulls.

His issues started within the very first race when the engine he utilized in Saudi Arabia, was found to have a sealing problem and required changing.

It was solely downhill from there, struggling his first retirement of the season following an engine failure in Jeddah, earlier than a sensible likelihood of a begin close to the entrance of the grid went up in smoke in Melbourne when a hydraulic drawback brought on him to crash on his remaining flying lap.

The newest incident got here in Mexico when Alonso, who was wanting set for a excessive factors end, turned the one driver to retire resulting from a technical problem.

Alonso has by no means been one to cover what he’s feeling however with the liberty of a transfer to a unique staff, he has let free.

He in contrast their engine issues to those he suffered with Honda through the lowest level of his profession at McLaren, he additionally mentioned following his retirement in Mexico, his fifth of the season, that he “felt quick however as soon as extra, Automotive 14 stops.”

Following his retirement in Mexico Metropolis, he appeared extra exasperated than he ever had earlier than, throwing his arms in frustration earlier than slumping himself over a barrier, a present of emotion that F1 veteran Martin Brundle discovered to be in contrast to the Spaniard.

Whereas in a roundabout way disagreeing with Alonso’s feedback, Alpine higher-ups have been explaining the explanations behind their lack of reliability.

Szafnauer mentioned that, with the engine freeze till 2026 in thoughts, the staff had opted to “err on the facet of efficiency” whereas Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi urged Renault earlier than the beginning of the season to “discover the boundaries as a lot as attainable” moderately than “sit there comfortably with a dependable energy unit that doesn’t carry out.”

The one direct critic of Alonso’s phrases has been his team-mate Esteban Ocon, who rubbished the Spaniard’s claims that it’s only his automotive that stops however, wanting on the pair’s DNFs over the season, it’s clear why Alonso has adopted this line of considering.

To determine to favour one driver over the opposite initially of the season when it comes to reliability will not be an clever tactic from any staff however at this stage of the marketing campaign, Alpine do have loads of causes to place all their eggs within the Ocon-shaped basket given he’s the one staying with the staff subsequent yr.

That makes for fairly grim studying for Alonso and if these points do persist, Alpine ought to brace themselves for some lower than variety phrases heading their manner earlier than he departs for Aston Martin.

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