Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi Admits Team Should Hold “quite harsh” Judgement On 2021 Season

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Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi has admitted that Alpine should hold a “quite harsh” judgement on themselves, despite looking set for fifth in the Constructors’ championship for a third consecutive season.

Having finished fifth in 2019 & 20 under their former Renault team name, Alpine currently hold a 29 point lead over AlphaTauri heading into the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a maximum of 44 points on offer.

Rossi though is approaching the finale cautiously despite having enjoyed a win in Hungary with Esteban Ocon this season, whilst Fernando Alonso finished third in Qatar last month.

Explaining why Alpine aren’t getting carried away yet at the prospect of finishing fifth for a third consecutive season, Rossi said: ” We might have a good points advantage over Alpha Tauri, but as we’ve seen this year anything can happen in Formula 1.

“All it takes is one big points swing, so we won’t be celebrating anything until we know it’s final.”

Rossi added that the two podiums don’t disguise how the team feels about their progress in 2021 which saw “tremendous consistency”, as he commented: “Despite the positives, we must also be quite harsh on ourselves and accept that fifth place is not where we want to be finishing any season.”

2022 though will see new regulations come into effect as Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso both remain with the French constructor.

Rossi therefore has already set ambitions for next season and beyond as he proceeded to discuss: “We have targets and goals in mind for the following seasons and we need to build on this year to make sure Alpine is up there and where it belongs in the future.

“I think what we’ve shown this year, on and off the track, teamwork is what drives us forward and it’s what we’re all about. We do things our way, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Alpine’s “team spirit” across the three factories based at Enstone, UK, Viry and Dieppe, France, was also praised by Rossi who acknowledged that the teamwork had “culminated” in this season’s strong results between Ocon and Alonso.

Rossi though iterated that Alpine must take their lessons from this season into 2022 and doesn’t want to see progress drop, in what he described as a “viscous” sport where you can fall behind quickly.

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