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Alpine “scared” by less competitive car in hot conditions

Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Alpine A521 Renault leads Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Alpine wants to understand why their car performs worse in hot conditions after they got “scared” in pre-season testing at Bahrain.

The team says the performance of their machine falls below expected results when running in hot conditions like those in Bahrain during pre-season testing when run in the daylight.

“It’s fair to say we’re less happy with the car in the hot sessions,” said Marcin Budkowski, Alpine’s executive director. “FP3 [in Bahrain] was a bit more difficult for us, and we got back to a level of competitiveness that is more representative in the evening sessions, so FP2 and qualifying.

“The temperature has been quite extreme. It was hotter than during the test. I sat on the pit wall at the beginning of FP3 and it was 38°C, I think 47-48°C track temperature. That was way hotter than it was two weeks before at the test.

“Obviously they’re the same for everyone, but you will have different cars reacting differently to these conditions. We scared ourselves a bit, it’s fair to say, on Friday morning. We were looking a bit uncompetitive and it’s good to get back to somewhere a bit more competitive.

“We’re still a bit short of two or three tenths to actually be fighting with the people we aim to fight with.”

Alpine is planning to bring updates to its cars in Imola with the hopes of improving their performance.

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