Alpine team boss, Davide Rossi, has criticised the team’s poor performance in the first half of the season, with the Renault team sitting sixth in the constructors’ championship with only eight points. Rossi expressed his disappointment in an interview with French channel Canal+, saying, “It’s disappointing, it’s actually bad. This year ended up starting with a flawed performance and flawed delivery. It’s obvious our position in the standings is not worthy of the resources we spend, and we are quite far – in fact very far – from this year’s end goal.” Rossi also highlighted his concern with the lack of performance, rigour and state of mind in the team’s personnel.
The squad’s most challenging race this season came in Baku, where they faced multiple issues during practice, qualifying and the race itself, ultimately finishing outside the points. But the team’s troubles started at the season opener in Bahrain, with Esteban Ocon‘s triple whammy of penalties for starting outside his grid slot, touching the car during a pitstop and then speeding in the pitlane. Rossi revealed his disappointment with the performance during the Bahrain Grand Prix, calling it “amateurishness”, which led to a result that wasn’t right.”
Rossi highlighted his concern that repeating mistakes is unacceptable in Formula One and that the team must learn from their mistakes. “You’re allowed to make mistakes – it’s a basic principle, you learn from your mistakes. But you do [need to] learn, and when you make the same mistakes twice, it means you haven’t learnt and you’re not taking responsibility. That is not acceptable,” he said.
Alpine is hoping for a better second half of the season, ending with a higher place in the constructors’ championship. Despite the rough start to the season, the team’s driver Pierre Gasly scored his first top-five start of the season at the Miami Grand Prix.