BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the opening race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi share their thoughts on the first race of the new season at the Bahrain International Circuit.
For more on what new Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer has been up to in his first few weeks with the team and for an update on the Alpine Academy, please click on the links below for the full preview .
Laurent Rossi: “It’s always exciting to embark on a new Formula 1 season and, this year in particular, there are more question marks around the deeply changed technical regulations and the resulting impact on competitiveness and the hierarchy. I can’t wait to see all the hard work from Enstone, Viry and the track team come to fruition when Esteban and Fernando drive the A522 to full capacity in real race conditions. We had some very positive in Barcelona and Bahrain and we also endured some slightly trickier sessions with the usual testing issues and gremlins popping up from time to time. I’m very proud of everyone’s efforts to allow for as thorough a preparation as possible. We were able to wrap up Bahrain testing with our best two days of racing and more than a double century of laps completed. Now it’s time to see what we have in hand, so come z this weekend.”
Esteban Ocon: “We’ve spent quite a bit of time in Bahrain over the past two years. Of course, that’s where I got my first Formula 1 podium, as well as other good results in the past, so I had to ‘great memories of this track.’ It’s a great venue and an exciting place to host the first race. We have to work very closely as a team to keep learning and improving the car to extract the maximum performance from it week after week. My goal is to help the team do while keeping their heads down and performing well every weekend. I have a lot of confidence in this team, but we have to stay humble and spare no effort to achieve our goals for 2022.”
Fernando Alonso: “The winter has gone well for me. I feel physically fit and I also rested during the winter. We have been busy in Barcelona and Bahrain for the past few weeks and because we have had more time in the car, I “I’m much more prepared. We are reasonably happy with the A522 and our preparations for winter. Nobody knows what fuel or engine modes everyone used during testing, so it’s not possible to place an order at this time. We always want to do more laps because the learning curve is endless in Formula 1 but I can’t wait for Saturday to see where we are compared to our competitors.
Bahrain Grand Prix 2022 Fact Sheet:
The Bahrain Grand Prix marks the start of Otmar Szafnauer’s 25th year in Formula 1.
Fernando Alonso is entering his 20th season in motorsport, having made his debut at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. It was more than six months before NFL legend Tom Brady became a regular starter with the Patriots of New England.
Fernando is a three-time winner in Bahrain, having achieved this in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
Esteban Ocon’s best result in Bahrain was on the shorter Sakhir Grand Prix circuit where he finished second.
Oscar Piastri arrives in Bahrain as BWT Alpine F1 Team and now McLaren F1 Team reserve driver for 2022. His best result in Bahrain is winning the second Sprint race in the opening round of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship .
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