But it would appear that those issues are behind the French outfit. The team currently sits fourth in the constructors’ championship, behind the top three teams. At the same time, Esteban Ocon and Alonso are P8 and P9 in the drivers’ championship. Only McLaren’s Lando Norris separates them from the ‘best of the rest’ position.
However, the former-McLaren driver believes that his current team is lucky to be in the position that they are in.
“Very Impressive. I think we started a little bit worried in Bahrain and winter testing. We had some up and downs there in terms of performance. But I think from Australia or Jeddah onwards, the team has grown up a lot and the engine also is much better than last year.”
Alonso had a tough start to the season. With two retirements (one due to reliability issues), two out of the points finishes, and a P9 making up his first five races. But his teammate Ocon scored points in all but one race.
The two-time champion was open about the reliability issues the team has faced. Alonso commented, “we had some reliability issues, but we have more power than last year, so we accept that.” It would appear that the Spaniard is surprised by the team’s current performance. Following the previous comments, Alonso continued:
“We are now fighting McLaren [in] the constructors’ championship and maybe that was a little bit of a dream at the beginning of the year, so I think we are overachieving compared to what we thought.”
With the top three teams seemingly untouchable for the rest of the grid this year. The most the midfield teams can hope for is fourth in the constructors’ championship. A position that is currently occupied by Alpine. But can they keep it?
Alonso certainly seems to believe so. The Alpine driver stated that:
“I think we are right behind the top three teams, so our natural position, let’s say, is seventh, seventh and eighth.”
Sometimes, Alonso or Ocon fails to qualify in these positions. During these circumstances, Alonso comments that “lately in the race, we eventually ended up in our natural [position].”