The Alpine F1 Team returned to the legendary streets of the principality today during free practice for the Monaco Grand Prix this Sunday.
Fernando Alonso finished Day 8 and Esteban Ocon 18. The team will now hope to find some areas for improvement ahead of tomorrow’s key qualifiers.
After they both finished points last weekend, Fernando and Esteban set out to start their weekend at Rock in the best possible way, with hot and dry weather.
Fernando completed 28 laps in the first free practice and the best lap of 1: 15.749 allowed him to move to the thirteenth position. Esteban was credited with a time of 1’16”315 after overcoming a 3,337 km route 24 times.
During the second free practice, both riders fulfilled the plan established on this demanding track, mainly due to the proximity of safety railings. They started on medium tires and then switched to soft tires while driving disturbed by the red flag. To complete their productive Friday, they drove on high fuel, Esteban on medium and Fernando on soft.
“It’s great to be back behind the wheel in Monaco and discover the challenges these new cars offer on such a specific circuit as this one,” as Esteban Ocon.
“Of course we have to find ways to improve performance to get to the level we want this weekend. We learned a lot today by switching to different settings on both cars, and we have a hard time tonight to be better position. ” tomorrow. We know how crucial qualification is in Monaco, so it will be important that we manage it. I still have a lot to give and I can’t wait to get back to work. Training tomorrow afternoon. “
For Fernando Alonso, “Monaco is a different circuit than the others, where you have to have a lot of confidence in the car.”
“P1 was a bit more complicated for us, but we started to tidy up P2 with my car. We still have a lot to do because we had some balance problems here and there, which we also have to try to understand. The tires are a bit in terms of qualifications. better, because getting a good position on the grid is, of course, the core of the weekend. We have something to work on, but riding here is always special and provides a lot of adrenaline. “
Pat Fry, Technical Director, concludes: “The Monaco Grand Prix weekend always presents unique challenges for cars, drivers and engineers. It has been a challenging day of testing, especially with these new cars for 2022, setting the car in the optimal operating window is a delicate exercise.”
“Fernando was a little happier with his car than Esteban, so we have some data to analyze to understand the differences between the two. Like all teams, we still have a lot to learn about tires when the amount of fuel on board is important. Overall it wasn’t easy, but we’re confident in our data analysis and our ability to find improvement tomorrow before qualifying, and we know that grid position is often key.