Formula 1 | McLaren F1 and Alpine hope reliability won’t impact their fight

Six races from the end of the season, the fight continues to rage between Alpine F1 and McLaren for fourth place in the Constructors’ World Championship.

With 125 points scored, the France team is currently 18 points ahead of its rival. And while the A522 has seemed faster than the MCL36 lately, the gap is small and it’s still up for grabs.

But as we have seen recently, with numerous engine penalties imposed at Spa and then Monza, reliability could also play a part in this fight. To the point of being the determining factor of this end of the championship?

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl hopes that won’t be the case.

“The goal is to finish the season without taking another penalty,” said the German leader.

“At Spa I think almost all the cars with a Mercedes engine were using the latest specification. And only Lando Norris was penalized for another problem. We have seen in recent years that circuits like Spa or Monza where it is possible to overtake, were chosen for penalties, so it was not a surprise. »

Same story at Alpine F1, where sporting director Alan Permane hopes penalties are already history this year, without excluding one for Fernando Alonso.

“Fernando didn’t need a new engine at Monza, and we thought it would be beneficial for Esteban (Ocon) to have a new one for the rest of the season. And that’s all. It was a strategic change. This will help us in future events. »

“Fernando doesn’t lack engines, although I wouldn’t rule out a change in the power unit for him. But this is not planned at the moment.