Fernando Alonso feels that this season is a "preparation year" for Alpine towards 2022 when a new set of technical regulations are brought into Formula 1 in an attempt to create better racing.
The new rules could shakeup the pecking order and all the teams have already been working on next year's cars, knowing how important 2022 is set to be.
"We are aware that 2022 is going to be an important year and this is in some ways a preparation year," Alonso said in a press release. "I’m feeling more and more confident with each race. I think we can see that it’s taking a bit of time for those in new teams this year to adjust and for me it’s the same.
"It’s a process and we’re always learning and trying to find ways to improve the car. But, the car has felt good in races like Portimao and Barcelona, so we are confident we can build on these performances and lessons to score more consistent points to fight with the teams around us in the championship.
Alonso returns to Baku for the first time since his dramatic first lap in 2018 when he fought his car back to the pitlane with a double puncture before charging back to a remarkable seventh place.
"I always enjoy racing here in Baku," said Alonso "It’s a good circuit with lots of challenging corners and overtaking opportunities. After two races in a row, where it was quite tough to overtake, it’s nice to have a race where it’s more possible.
"I’ve qualified outside the top ten in my past two races here but gone on to finish inside the points. It shows anything can happen in what is usually a very unpredictable weekend."