Alpine failed to attain any factors in its first grand prix because the rebrand of Renault’s works operation because it didn’t take the battle to its upper-midfield rivals from 2020.
Esteban Ocon spent nearly all of the race exterior of the factors after dropping out in Q1 and was hit by Sebastian Vettel within the closing levels. Teammate Fernando Alonso certified ninth, and was on the fringes of the factors earlier than a brake challenge compelled him to retire after 32 laps.
Alpine discovered that the efficiency of its automotive fell under expectations within the hotter periods in Bahrain, suggesting the workforce has some warmth sensitivity to fight with the A521.
“It is truthful to say we’re much less pleased with the automotive within the scorching periods,” Alpine govt director Marcin Budkowski defined. “FP3 [in Bahrain] was a bit harder for us, and we acquired again to a degree of competitiveness that’s extra consultant within the night periods, so FP2 and qualifying.
“The temperature has been fairly excessive. It was hotter than through the take a look at. I sat on the pit wall to start with of FP3 and it was 38ºC, I believe 47-48ºC monitor temperature. That is manner hotter than it was two weeks earlier than on the take a look at.
“Clearly they’re the identical for everybody, however you’ll have totally different automobiles reacting in another way to those circumstances. We scared ourselves a bit bit, it is truthful to say, on Friday morning. We have been wanting a bit uncompetitive and it is good to get again to someplace a bit extra aggressive.
“We’re nonetheless a bit wanting two-or-three-tenths to truly be combating with the folks we purpose to battle with.”
Alpine is planning to carry a “fairly first rate” improve package deal to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola subsequent weekend in a bid to search out efficiency and rejoin the battle with the opposite midfield groups.
Though Budkowski didn’t anticipate the hot-weather challenge rearing its head once more on the upcoming European races because of the springtime circumstances, he hoped it will be resolved by the point the summer time occasions come round.
“Now we have a little bit of homework on understanding why we’re seemingly much less aggressive within the scorching periods than within the night periods [in Bahrain],” Budkowski mentioned.
“I don’t assume it’s going to be an issue in Imola or Portugal, however might turn out to be a factor once more in the summertime months.”