Alpine’s executive director Marcin Budkowski has said the team will bring “a decent upgrade package” to the next round in Imola.
Alpine had a tough start to the 2021 campaign following a points-less race at Bahrain. The French team announced today that they would bring a substantial upgrades package to the second round at Imola, to try and gain some pace lost due to the new regulations.
Marcin Budkowski, the executive director of Alpine, said the rear end of the car was the focus at present, trying to recover downforce lost thanks to the regulations.
“There’s an area that’s changed in the regulations which is an area of development at the moment. It’s obviously the side of the floor and the diffuser. We’ve done some work there at the tests, we’ve done some work and no doubt we’ll do some more work at the next few races, everybody else will as well. It’s an area which will change.”
“We have a pretty decent upgrade package coming for Imola, so we’ll have some more new parts and more performance on the car in Imola. And in general, in the first few races of the season, we’ll have some new bits coming through.”
Budkowski admitted the team was worried after the daytime sessions at Bahrain indicated weakness in higher temperatures.
“We have a bit of homework on understanding why we’re seemingly less competitive in the hot sessions than in the evening sessions, which I don’t think is going to be a problem in Imola or Portugal but could become a thing in the summer months.”
Alpine will hope to put some points on the board when Formula 1 returns at Imola next weekend.