Formula 1 | Alpine F1: Alonso wants to be ‘regularly in the top 5’ in 2022

Fernando Alonso has made a remarkable comeback in Formula 1 this season with Alpine F1 Team. The Spaniard got back on track, and was able to post good results, notably his fourth place in Hungary, but also a sixth position in Baku and a seventh at Silverstone.

Comfortable behind the wheel, Alonso has already confirmed his extension for an additional season in 2022, where Alpine will try to get closer to the top teams with him and Esteban Ocon.

Asked about the rest of his career, and in particular if he saw himself ending it with Alpine or taking up another challenge in F1 afterwards, the Spaniard assured that he was only thinking of the new regulations.

« For now, I am only focusing on next year, on the enormous challenge the new rules present » Alonso replied to « I want to try to be competitive, and as long as I can be competitive against the clock, as long as he says I’m fast, and as long as I’m having fun, I’ll work to stay in F1. »

« I hope we can fight for the championship in the future. Alpine’s goal next year is to have bigger, more important goals, because we have the possibility with the new rules of aim for better things. « 

« This year we are in a position to fight for Q3 and points, for top 10s, but we want more than that. We want to be in the top 5 regularly, and we think we will have that possibility with the new regulations. , like everyone. »

« It’s a new book for everyone, we’ll see what we can do. It’s the only thing I’m thinking about right now, I don’t have a plan for the future, I just think to Formula 1, but we’ll see if I have to choose other exciting paths. « 

He hasn’t tried the 2022 Alpine yet

The two-time world champion has yet to test the 2022 model in the Alpine F1 Team simulator. He specifies that the team is working very hard and that there are very few people still dealing with the current A521 project.

« I couldn’t drive the car, I know that the team is putting a lot of effort into the 2022 project, there are more and more people dedicated to the 2022 car, and we are starting to forget the second part of the 2021 season in a sense, as most teams do. « 

In addition to a good design of the single-seater, the first phases of development will be crucial: « I think you can start with a good car, 2022 is a big rule change with a new approach for everyone. »

« The first few months will be interesting for everyone because we will discover the new philosophies and new ideas of the teams, and it is a very quick way to develop the car in the first few months. We will have to be ready and sharp, and the work will be intense between now and February. « 

Of course, Alonso does not forget his next career, after Formula 1. He already has several leads for the day he leaves the F1 peloton again: « I fell in love with the Dakar and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which I have done in recent years. »

« I would be happy to do it again. I love the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but I also love the Indy and the Dakar. But my mind is focused on F1 and I can’t imagine myself anywhere else at the moment. »

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