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Budkowski: Everything went wrong for Alpine

AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 23: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 Team prepares to drive in the garage during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Alpine’s executive director Marcin Budkowski said everything went wrong for Alpine during the United States Grand Prix.

Why it matters: Both Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso had to retire from the race due to mechanical problems.

What he said:

  • “Pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong during this weekend.”
  • What happened with Ocon: “Esteban started in evelenth position on the mediums (…) and was hit by Giovinazzi in the first lap and suffered front wing damage which forced us to stop to change it.”
  • “There was not much to fight for, and as we suspected a problem on the car we decided to retire him as a precaution.”
  • More issues for Alonso: “Fernando drove a brave race starting from the back and we tried everything to sneak into the top 10, pushing very hard and taking risks.”
  • “As we were closing in rapidly on the cars in front, we had a rear wing issue that robbed us of an exciting finish.”
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