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Cars: despite defects in Jidda: Szafnauer surprised by good reliability

Prost to depart Alpine F1 advisory role; Szafnauer, BWT set to join

  Prost to depart Alpine F1 advisory role; Szafnauer, BWT set to join Four-time Formula 1 champion Alain Prost has left his advisory role with the Alpine team as part of the ongoing management shake-up.Last week Alpine announced that executive director Marcin Budkowski, who served as de facto team principal in 2021 despite the role not officially existing, has left the team. Rossi is currently running the team himself on a temporary basis.

Fernando Alonso blieb beim Rennen in Dschidda liegen © Motorsport Images Fernando Alonso stayed at the race in Jidda

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer awaits in the formula 1 season 2022 more problems with reliability and is surprised that is surprised In the first two days of the season no more cars have failed - though it had caught four riders on the second race in Jedda.

Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) prevailed almost simultaneously, Yuki Tsunoda (Alphatauri) could not start. Already in qualifying, the Japanese had not been able to rotate a single flying round.

For Alonso, it was already the second engine problem after Bahrain. However, he could still end the race in Sachir. For Szafnauer, the defects of the fact are due that the cars are brand new this year and that the engine manufacturers were forced to bring possible developments as soon as possible before the Freeze on March 1st.

Alonso: Alpine F1 in better shape than this time last year

  Alonso: Alpine F1 in better shape than this time last year Fernando Alonso thinks his Alpine Formula 1 team is in better shape than 12 months ago, and cannot cite a lack of resources compared to other teams as an excuse.The former Renault team has resumed its ongoing management reshuffle, with executive director Marcin Budkowski and advisor Alain Prost both leaving ahead of the 2022 season, while former Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has been tipped to join the Enstone team in a similar role.


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"One has 100 percent new parts in the car, which is rare," he says. "Usually you take a proper percentage of parts. And if you take care of parts, then they have proven themselves in terms of reliability."

"In addition, everyone knew that a motorsfreeze preferable. So every engine manufacturer has made changes, and if you make changes, both at the car and on the engine, then such things happen, especially when you push for performance," says SzaFnauer. "

For him, it is therefore surprising that there were no more problems with defects: "Everyone really worked well with reliability," he praises. "Do you remember the good old days? At the first race, eight cars or six cars came to the finish. And with this completely new package and the changes for the engine I am astonished how well the cars are."

Alpine relying on water pump fix after Alonso's Saudi F1 engine failure .
Alpine is hoping that a water pump fix will prevent a repeat of the failure that stopped Fernando Alonso in Formula 1's Saudi Arabian GP.The ICE was new for the Jeddah weekend after the Spaniard suffered an apparent engine issue in the latter stages of the Bahrain GP. It was returned to Renault HQ in Viry for examination, and has now been passed for future use.

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