Alpine’s F1 engine only a tenth behind rivals

Renault-owned Alpine has played down reports that becoming a Formula 1 frontrunner before 2026 will be impossible due to the current power unit. “First we have to make sure problems don’t recur,” engine boss Bruno Famin told Auto Motor und Sport. “We also had problems with parts from suppliers,” said Famin. We have a responsibility to check everything and make sure that the engine is reliable.”. He says there are no regrets that the focus prior to 2022 was on improving performance before the freeze came into full effect. “We tried to get the engine as light as possible.”. “The engine costs us a tenth,” Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi insists. But we can improve the packaging so that Enstone can improve the aerodynamics. “And there is often an increase in performance behind an improvement with reliability.

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