Fernando Alonso has said that due to the new 2022 regulations there is “no point” in substantially changing the car to suit him.
The two-time world champion has been generally outpaced by teammate Esteban Ocon, which may in part be due to the car being built slightly more around his driving style, owing to the extra year the Frenchman has had at the team.
Alonso joined Alpine this year after a two year absence, and said that the team had immediately gone to make changes to the car, something he did not think was necessary.
“There are small things that they need to get used to. I think the car has different characteristics in the way it behaves,” Alonso said.
“With the change of regulations for next year, it makes no sense to make a change into the car philosophy. It’s up to me to drive differently this car and it’s what I will try to do later in the year. So I will get better and I will be there soon, I hope.”
Alonso highlighted that the power steering settings was the main problem he had with the car.
“This car has a different approach for the power steering, for the feeling you have with the steering weight. Not being too specific on what is the changes, I’m used to a different kind of assistance in the steering. This is something that finally is coming into the car for my side of the garage and hopefully is one step more to get used to.”
Alonso goes to Monaco 12th in the championship with five points to his name, four of which came from a drive through the field in Portimao, reminding F1 about the Alonso of the past.