“Going to progress with the upgrades we’re bringing” – Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski is eager to get back his team right back into the midfield battle, starting with the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Alpine, formerly known as Renault, has made an average start to its debut season in Formula 1. After a no score in the Bahrain GP, the French team only managed 3 points in Imola. This leaves them in seventh, much lower than where they would want to be, and expect.
— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) April 18, 2021
As such, it was imperative for upgrades to be brought in, and that is something executive director Marcin Budkowski has confirmed. Some of the upgrades were scheduled for this time, while some are reactions to the races that have happened. Here is him explaining everything in detail:
“In terms of reaction, most of the upgrades were planned already, you don’t re-do a front wing or things in two weeks, they were just our planned upgrades.
“Some of the other things we are testing here are the results of the Bahrain test and the race. We are pushing hard to try to improve our performance and it’s clear from the number of upgrades we are bringing here.
“But first of all, we are further behind than we would like to be, so it’s going to take a bit more than a few upgrades, and then I don’t expect everyone else is waiting for us to bring upgrades.
“Everybody is going to improve their car, so it’s a relative race. It looks like the car is going to progress with the upgrades we’re bringing but we’ve got more work to do in the next few races to bring a bit more.”