Alpine’s executive director Marcin Budkowski believes that Mercedes will deal with all the car problems in a short period of time.
One of the key reasons for Mercedes’ struggles early in the 2021 F1 season is the fact that the W12 car has some weaknesses, including an unstable rear end, which does not let the drivers push the machinery to its absolute limit. Valtteri Bottas was an example of that as he had stated during the Bahrain GP race weekend that the car was ‘undrivable.’ Despite this, Alpine’s Marcin Budkowski thinks that the Silver Arrows will get to fix all the difficulties in the near future. The factors behind it are the structure and competence of specialists.
“You have clearly Red Bull in front and Mercedes not very far [away]. I think they’re behind at the moment but I would be curious to see where they are in two or three races because I think they are a big, very well-structured, and very competent team and they clearly have some issues that they will sort,” Budkowski said.
Speaking about his team Alpine, Marcin Budkowski shares his desire to the outfit at the top of the midfield battle.
“You have McLaren who are strong, AlphaTauri were strong, Ferrari were strong, a little bit stronger than we expected them [to be]. And then there’s us, there’s Aston Martin. I think that group with McLaren, with Ferrari, with AlphaTauri, with ourselves and Aston Martin – and I think Alfa Romeo were not far off either – that group is very, very tight. It’s almost like fifth or sixth to 16th is going to be tight. Circuit to circuit and conditions to conditions it’s going to be variable,” he said.
“So our objective is to be at the front of that group rather than at the rear. At the moment we’re somewhere in the middle of it and we’re short of a few tenths to get to the front,” he added.