Four-time world champion and Alpine non-executive director Alain Prost believes that Fernando Alonso has already left an impact on the team and the way they work, and that his demandingness and perfectionism have a positive effect on all team members.
Alonso returned to Formula 1 after a two-year break to the team with which he won the championship titles in 2005 and 2006, and although he will have a hard time fighting for the podium with this year’s Alpine A521 and he does not lack motivation to win.
The Spaniard managed to qualify among the top ten in the first race of the season in Bahrain and competed for points before he had to retire due to brake problems caused by discarded plastic wrap.
The executive director of Alpine’s F1 team Prost says Alonso’s influence on the team is already being felt and that this type of driver automatically brings motivation to all other team members.
“A driver with such a personality automatically brings something with him,” Prost said for French newspaper Le Figaro.
“Fernando is very demanding, he’s a perfectionist.”
“He really demands a lot. It’s our job to deliver it to him on the track.”
“But at the same time he knows that under normal circumstances he won’t win a single race this year.”
“What is certain is that he will fight for tenth place with all his body and soul.”
Prost also commented on another Alpine driver, Esteban Ocon, and said they expect a lot from him.
“We expect a lot from Esteban,” Prost said.
“He knows the team. We’ve changed a few things for him, he has a new engineer.”
“Everything was done to make him feel as comfortable as possible.”
“Some driver always has the advantage. If it’s one driver once and other time it’s another, it’s well balanced.”
“But if there’s a tendency, like last year between Esteban and Daniel, then things are more complicated.”
Ricciardo beat Ocon 15-2 in qualifying in 2020 F1 season, finishing fifth in the drivers’ championship, seven places ahead of Ocon, who won just 52% of his points.