Welcome to GPFans


  • NL
  • GB
  • FR
  • ES-MX
  • GB
Alpine boss Szafnauer keeps it real in Mercedes fight
Sainz backs Spanish World Cup success
Rosberg reveals email of Mercedes admiration
Sargeant recounts "risk versus reward" pressure in Williams quest
Vettel 'professional to the end' as Aston Martin reveal staggering dedication
Verstappen Perez animosity now 'water under the bridge' for Horner
McLaren deserved Alpine championship defeat - Norris
Hamilton claims F1 driver harmony 'at its best' after Vettel farewell gathering
Horner claims Verstappen form unprecedented
Verstappen delivers blunt warning as Wolff casts Mercedes recovery doubt - GPFans F1 Recap
Hill backs Vettel for F1 return
Wolff concedes doubt over Mercedes bounce back ability
Aston Martin consider Alonso options
Magnussen "pumped" to begin Hulkenberg relationship
Verstappen issues F1 retirement ultimatum as six-way title battle looms
Alpine boss Szafnauer keeps it real in Mercedes fight

Alpine boss Szafnauer keeps it real in Mercedes fight

F1 News

Alpine boss Szafnauer keeps it real in Mercedes fight

Alpine boss Szafnauer keeps it real in Mercedes fight

Otmar Szafnauer claims Alpine must remain "realistic" of its position after Fernando Alonso lost out in his battle with Lewis Hamilton at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso started from the front row in Montreal after stealing the show in a wet qualifying session on Saturday.

Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari quickly passed his countryman, and after electing not to stop in either of two early virtual safety-car periods, the 40-year-old Alonso was powerless to stop Hamilton from breezing past on lap 22.

The Spaniard eventually finished ninth after suffering an engine problem on lap 20 and being hit with a five-second post-race time penalty, while his team-mate Esteban Ocon was sixth.

Reflecting on the weekend, team principal Szafnauer said: "[It was] good points.

"Without the safety car it could have been a little better but you can't control that.

"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.

"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."

Alpine hopeful of Mercedes rematch

Alpine is currently fifth in the constructors' standings and has registered less than one-third of the points scored by Mercedes.

But Szafnauer is hopeful that the teams can once again do battle next time out at Silverstone.

Asked if it was encouraging that Alpine can fight with Mercedes, he added: "Yeah, and hopefully at Silverstone, we will fight them again.

"We're a couple of tenths [of a second] off of them, which is good."

Ontdek het op Google Play