Fernando Alonso believes Alpine is the “best team” in Formula 1’s midfield despite conceding its car is not as fast as its rivals.
Alpine is currently embroiled in a three-way fight for fifth place in the constructors’ championship with AlphaTauri and Aston Martin.
The French outfit’s shock win at the Hungarian Grand Prix saw it leapfrog both teams into that coveted fifth spot, a position it has managed to hold since.
Following a double points finish at the Italian Grand Prix, Alpine holds an 11-point lead over AlphaTauri, while Aston Martin is a further 25 points adrift.
While Alonso admits Alpine is not as competitive as its rivals, he reckons its consistency on Sunday’s has been a major factor in helping it fight for P5 in the standings.
“I think we are good. We’re good on every front,” said Alonso, as quoted by Motorsport.com. “We are delivering the job, as I said, on Sundays.
“We don’t have maybe the car to compete in pure performance with AlphaTauri or with Aston Martin, but we have the team to compete [with] them on Sundays and to score points.
“So we will try to fight for this fifth place in the constructors’ championship until the end, if possible. So in that respect, I think we are okay on the race team.”
He added: “That’s something that is our strength as a team, you know, to score points every Sunday.
“We don’t have probably the fastest car on the midfield, but we seem to have, you know, probably the best team on the midfield, so that allowed us to score points every Sunday.”
Alonso’s eighth place finish at Monza, two places ahead of team-mate Esteban Ocon, was his eighth points finish in the last nine races, at a track the Spaniard expected wouldn’t suit Alpine 2021 car.
Looking ahead at the remaining races, Alonso is unsure how Alpine will fair after its patchy form in the recent triple-header.
“I think there’s gonna be ups and downs for everybody,” Alonso said. “We saw in this triple-header that we are up and down in the level of competitiveness and on the grid.
“In Spa we were okay on the dry. We were not okay with the wet. Zandvoort we were okay all weekend. Here we are not. So I think it’s track dependence.
“So I don’t know exactly in Russia, Turkey and Austin how it’s going to be. I think it will be better.
“I will say that Monza was already in the calendar as one of the worst [for Alpine]. We knew that.”