The Spaniards want to shine, Alpine wants to confirm

The Spaniards want to shine, Alpine wants to confirm

After a Canadian Grand Prix disappointing for one, encouraging for the other, the two Spanish drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso will be keen to shine in front of their home crowd in Barcelona. This Grand Prix will also be an opportunity for the two Alpine drivers to once again enter the top 10.

After a catastrophic Canadian Grand Prix where he did not make it through Q2 and then retired, just like his teammate Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz Jr will want to bounce back in Barcelona. Before Montreal, the Spaniard had finished in the Top 5 in all the races he had participated in this season. For his part, Fernando Alonso, the last Spanish winner at home (in 2013 with Ferrari, for his last victory), will want to get back on the podium, which he has not done since the Brazilian GP in November 2023. Despite checkered performances this season with Aston Martin, the Spaniard remains in an encouraging sixth place in Canada.

Alpine on its way?

For Alpine, this Grand Prix will be an opportunity to once again enter the Top 10. After a sluggish start to the season, the French team scored four points in the last two races, which allows it to get closer to the eighth place occupied by Haas in the constructors’ championship. In addition, Alpine will be able to count on its two drivers in good shape: Pierre Gasly, author of two Top 10s during the last two Grands Prix (10th in Monaco and 9th in Canada) and Esteban Ocon who, after starting 18th in Montreal, managed to grab a very good 10th place. However, the Normandy driver criticized his team for having disadvantaged him during the previous race in favor of Gasly. Tensions are increasingly high between the two Normandy drivers, who had held on to Monaco. Since then, we have known that Ocon and Alpine will separate at the end of the season, which automatically places Gasly in the (unofficial) role of driver n°1.. Despite this rivalry between the two drivers, Alpine will want to perform in Spain where the French team’s last victory dates back to 2006 thanks to… Fernando Alonso!

By Stéfane GIUSEPPI

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