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Sport P4 & P5: Alpine confirms upward trend from Portimao in Barcelona

21:40  07 may  2021
21:40  07 may  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Alpine belegt am Freitag die Plätze vier und fünf im Gesamtklassement © Motorsport Images Alpine is on Friday the places four and five in the overall class version

the upward trend at Alpine stops. Also on the training freelance in Spain , Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon showed back to the top 10. In the Total class version , the two occupy the ranks four (OCON / + + 0.296 seconds) and five (Alonso / + 0.348 seconds).

"That was a good Friday today for us," summarizes local matador Alonso satisfied. "In the two sessions we focused on small updates we have brought to the car for this weekend." This allows his team to collect many information about the A521, the tires and the set-up.

The Spaniard turned a total of 55 laps on its home route and found one and a half seconds from the first training (P15) to the afternoon. "I'm satisfied with both sessions. The balance of the car feels good, that gives me self-confidence for tomorrow."

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also Team College Ocon is satisfied with the performance on Friday. "It's always tricky in Barcelona with the grip and the mature, so we have to understand a lot and learn. We still have scope for improvement. But as a team we made a good step by FT1 to FT2."


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The Frenchman improved in the afternoon by 1.2 seconds and ranked behind only three tenths of a second behind the top on the strong fourth place. The improvements in the lunch break he felt clearly felt in the car.

"Our goal is to repeat this in FT3 and make another step in performance." Until then, however, his team must first evaluate the data from the many kilometers that have covered both pilots with the new updates.

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"That was a stressful day for us, especially with the work in FT2 in the afternoon with little and a lot of fuel," adds race manager Davide Brivio. "We tried a few different parts on both cars, which we have received good information."

Already at the second season's race in Imola, Alpine has brought the first updates to the track, but initially without great breakdown. The upward trend noticed only two weeks later in Portugal. The former Renault team was able to enter the front midfield courts.

of the progress therefore came that the team has understood the many new further developments better and finely tuned, explains Ocon in front of the Barcelona weekend. Above all, the balance of the A512 has improved significantly by the updates.

These properties could obviously preserve alpine to Spain. But Brivio does not want to stale too high expectations: "This route was mainly challenging for our car in the past, so we can be satisfied with this productive start to the weekend."

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© Motorsport Images Esteban Ocon convinced in Portimao on entire line both drivers in the points, jump in five in the designer WM and a good feeling on an anxiety distance: For the Alpine Rennstall the Formula 1 weekend went In Portimao extremely satisfactory. After two mixed weekends in Bahrain and Imola, the performance of the Blue Renner made courage in Portugal. Alpine could not only convince in the race, but also made it with Esteban Ocon in qualifying on a strong sixth place.

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