“We’re not going to finish third. We have to be realistic.”: Otmar Szafnauer clarifies Alpine’s goals for F1 2022

Otmar Szafnauer talks about his realistic approach for Alpine's goals for this year's F1 2022 Championship.

All of the forums of motorsports enthusiasts exploaded into huge applause when Fernando Alonso snatched P2 in the Qualifying Session for the Canadian Grand Prix after a thundering battle against some strong opponents like the two Mercedes racers as well as Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. But going into the Main Race on Sunday, while all the Alonso fans were busy praying the two-time World Champion gets a podium finish in Montreal, the Spaniard could only finish the race in the ninth spot.

Looking at the lack of race pace in Fernando Alonso’s Alpine A522, his Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer has expressed his views on the situation Alpine stands at right now. In his opinion, the French team needs to remain “realistic” in setting its goals for this year because their car is so evidently slower than the cars of their opponent teams like Mercedes.

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Otmar Szafnauer reflects on Fernando Alonso’s poor race finish in Canada GP

Otmar Szafnauer
Otmar Szafnauer

Fernando Alonso put up a brilliant performance on Saturday ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, but the Spaniard did not have the same luck during the Main Race. Right after the start of the race, Carlos Sainz quickly passed Alonso, and after that, during lap 22, Lewis Hamilton breezed past a helpless Alonso in no time at all.

If slow race pace was not enough, a penalty of five seconds post the race made sure Fernando Alonso dropped two more places, this ending up in the ninth spot with only two points to his name. While speaking on the Fernando Alonso’s pace as compared to Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes, Otmar Szafnauer said, “The pace of the car in the wet was good; the pace of the car in the dry, we thought we would be not as fast as the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but about as fast as the Mercedes.”

Otmar Szafnauer continued, “As it turned out, the Mercedes got us because of some circumstance. But in the championship overall, we’re not going to beat them, we’re not going to finish third. We have to be realistic. So in fighting for fourth, I’m really happy that we’ve scored a lot of points.”

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