Alpine announced that it is still trying to understand why their new car is competitive in qualifying but lacks a bit of pace during the Grand Prix.

So far, Alpine showed some good performances on Saturday during qualifying. However, they did not achieve the results they expected during the race.

The midfield battle is extremely tight, and the team needs to maximize all the opportunities. After the Baku GP, Alpine has 25 points in total, and it occupies the seventh position in the constructor championship.

Marcin Budkowski admitted that the team is working to extract a better pace from the car on Sunday since it is in the race that points are scored, not qualifying.

“We have work to do to understand our race pace deficit and it’s something we’re actively investigating,” he said ahead of the French Grand Prix.

“It’s clear the car is capable of good performances in qualifying, but on some circuits, we can’t seem to replicate that good pace in race conditions, and that’s something we need to get on top of to score bigger points in the championship.

“We hope that our findings so far will help us achieving a good result in France, on a full-time circuit more typical of what we normally see in Formula 1.”

Fernando Alonso finished sixth in Baku, but it was a chaotic race, and the restart after the red flag helped the team to secure those points.

“Overall, it was an encouraging weekend up until Sunday. Our pace was relatively competitive on Friday up until Saturday and we reached Q3 with one car after a tricky session with many yellow and red flags.

“It was disappointing for Esteban to retire early on with a reliability issue, and unfortunately our race pace wasn’t strong enough to allow Fernando to fight for good positions in the race. It took a fantastic effort from him to secure the sixth position in the last two laps.”

Next week, at Paul Ricard, Alpine will bring new upgrades to the car to improve its pace in the race. Moreover, the rear wing will be revised as well due to the new regulations.

Esteban Ocon, who is going to drive at his home Grand Prix, is sure that the team will do everything to perform well in France.

“I think everyone in the team is desperate for a good race on home soil, and we’ll be working hard to do just that.”

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