Alpine says its ongoing points streak in Formula 1 shows the quality of its team work, and its reliability gains, through the course of 2021.
Alpine holds fifth position in the standings, having slipped away from regular 2020 opponents McLaren and Ferrari, but in recent events has pulled clear of AlphaTauri and Aston Martin.
It failed to score in 2021’s opener in Bahrain but since then has taken a top 10 finish in each race, ensuring it has the longest streak of any team on the grid.
“While we are not exactly where we want to be in terms of competitiveness, the fact that we have been able to score points in 14 races in a row is a great indicator of how, as a team, we are managing to get the best of our package in all circumstances and of the progress we made this year in terms of reliability,” said Executive Director Marcin Budkowski.
“We now need to further consolidate our position in the Championship and extend our lead over Alpha Tauri and Aston Martin.
“This can only be achieved through consistent points finishes and being ready to grasp any opportunity, especially when big points are on the table – we have seen that anything can happen this year!”
Under its Renault guise Alpine performed strongly in qualifying at Istanbul Park in 2020, taking fifth and seventh, but its prospects unravelled on the opening lap.
“Istanbul Park is a great Formula 1 circuit and we’re happy to be coming back for a second consecutive year,” said Budkowski.
“It usually plays host to entertaining races and the drivers love racing there.
“Turn 8 is perhaps the most talked about part of the track and it’s always incredible to watch the modern-day Formula 1 car taking this corner.
“We qualified with both cars inside the top seven last year in quite changeable conditions. However, our race didn’t go as planned and we were unfortunate with a few incidents at the start.
“The tarmac was also resurfaced last year, creating quite a headache for the teams, it has been worked on extensively for this year so it will be interesting to see how it changes the track characteristics.”