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Alpine boss feels a 2022 win is possible ‘with rub of the green’

Otmar Szafnauer reveals how Esteban Ocon helped Fernando Alonso

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Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer feels the team can fight for a race victory and podiums this season, but is keeping realistic about their prospects.

Fernando Alonso mastered the changing conditions in Montreal on Saturday and put his Alpine on the front row alongside Max Verstappen.

He found himself falling backwards on Sunday though, through a combination of strategy and a lack of pace relative to those ahead after suffering an engine issue in the second half of the race.

He eventually crossed the line seventh, but a five-second penalty for weaving on the straight while defending from Valtteri Bottas dropped him down to P9 by the end.

Despite that drop in places, however, Alpine closed the gap to McLaren in the Constructors’ Championship to eight points, with the fight for P4 behind the front-runners starting to heat up.

Szafnauer said Alpine are aiming high for the rest of the season, even feeling that they can take to the top step of the podium – as Esteban Ocon did in…

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