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Fernando Alonso

Alonso hopes Alpine beat '100-race' target to reach top

Fernando Alonso is feeling confident about Alpine's prospects as the team look to be challenging at the front of the pack by 2024.

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Fernando Alonso hopes that Alpine can exceed their target of competing at the front of the field within 100 races.

The team's CEO Laurent Rossi recently outlined the goal, stating that the French manufacturer is aiming to regularly be on the podium by 2024. Alonso believes that this progression is possible, though admits that there is uncertainty over 2022 given the dramatic regulation changes coming into effect.

"Let's do it step by step," Alonso told select media including RacingNews365.com.

"I think the first thing is next year, with a change of regulations, we never know how competitive everyone is going to be next year. It's a coin in the air at the moment, with all the big changes on the cars.

"Hopefully we make that 100 a little bit lower. We will put all our efforts and all our work into this project, and hopefully help the team to succeed as soon as possible."

Alpine have had mixed fortunes in 2021, though have scored points at every race barring the season-opener in Bahrain. Alonso thinks that this shows the amount of work going on behind the scenes to achieve their goal.

"I think the team is [getting] better and better every race, and I feel it," the Spaniard explained.

"From the beginning of the year, I think we identified some weaknesses that we had as a team. We knew some strengths as well, and I think we work in a few different areas [to improve].

"Now the team is much stronger, and we make less mistakes. We are more prepared on the weekends.

"So even if the package, or how competitive we are, doesn't allow us to fight for podiums or victories every Sunday, I think as a team we are quite strong. I think it's 14 consecutive races that we score points as a team.

"We are the only ones doing that, so that proves that the team in the background is working quite strongly."

Alpine are currently in fifth place in the Constructors' Championship, 12 points ahead of nearest rivals AlphaTauri.

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