Since Renault’s return as a full-fledged manufacturer in 2016, the objectives in F1 have been revised, postponed and qualified every season or almost every season. At the time, under the leadership of Cyril Abiteboul, the idea was to step on the podium in 2018, win in 2019 and take the title in 2020. But the results did not follow and it was not until 2021 that the French team finally won a race, in atypical circumstances, thanks to Esteban Ocon in Hungary.
In the general classification, Renault / Alpine has not yet succeeded in joining the fight for the title, and this season, the team is still leveling off at 5th place in the Constructors’ Championship, far behind Mercedes and Red Bull, both advanced teams.
« Next year, it may be a coin toss »
The new technical regulations that will be implemented next year could reshuffle the cards. However, Alpine announces objectives that are still quite modest. « We have a long-term project, the objective is to achieve a level of competitiveness that will place us on the podium as often as possible in 2024, explains Laurent Rossi, the boss of the French manufacturer, on the site formula1.com. From 5th place where we are today, it’s easy to put in place a plan that predicts that we will be a little better each year. It’s a 100-race, four-year, four-season project. «
“At each Grand Prix we have to make progress, he adds. It can be progress on the track or progress that you do not see, small details. The idea is to never stop and go in the right direction. Next year, it may be a coin toss. All we want is to have a certain level of performance to lean on, not too far from the best, and from there to climb to the top. «