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Alonso comfort driving Alpine updates

Alonso comfort driving Alpine updates

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Alonso comfort driving Alpine updates

Alonso comfort driving Alpine updates
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Fernando Alonso has explained recent changes to his Alpine have been made to assist his comfort with the car and not to upgrade the overall package.

The Spaniard has struggled to match the efforts of team-mate Esteban Ocon since his comeback began at the start of the season, scoring half of the Frenchman's points so far with two top-10 finishes to his name.

After finishing a lowly 17th at his home race in Barcelona recently, Alonso revealed the updates Alpine had made on his side of the garage were "more for my comfort".

"It is a few things to be more comfortable with the car," said Alonso.

"This car has a different approach for the power steering and the feeling you have with the steering. Nothing too specific on what the changes are.

"I am used to a different kind of assistance in the power steering and this is something that is finally coming into the car and hopefully there is more to get used to. The car has different characteristics in the way it behaves."

After the first two races of the season, Alpine appeared as if it had taken a step back from where Renault had left off last year.

But improved performance during the Iberian double-header in Portugal and Spain has provided optimism of claiming fifth in the constructors' standings.

With his own performances still not up to par, though, Alonso has insisted he must look from within for improvement and not to new parts with the 2022 regulation changes looming.

"With a change of regulation next year it makes no sense to make a change to the car philosophy," he added.

"It is up to me to drive differently and it is what I will try to do for later in the year. I will get better and I will be there soon I hope."

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