Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski says Fernando Alonso has now silenced anyone who thought he may struggle on his return to Formula 1.
Alonso came back to F1 this year following two years out of the sport, racing in other motorsport series. The two-time F1 world champion has scored points at the last five races and has had the better of teammate Esteban Ocon during the same period.
"I think Fernando has now silenced for good whoever doubted his return would be a success," Budkowski told the press.
"His speed is still there, and his race-craft is second to none, as we saw once again in both races last Saturday and Sunday [at Silverstone]. "He will no doubt continue pushing himself and the team as the season goes on."
Ocon has trailed Alonso at recent races, since he signed a new contract with Alpine prior to the French GP, but a chassis change before Silverstone seemed to redeem his confidence. Budkowski thinks both drivers can fight for more points this weekend in Hungary.
"After two difficult weekends, it was great to see Esteban in good form and a solid weekend allowed him to return to the points," said Budkowski. "He can now build on this good performance and retrieve his superb early season form.
"The Hungaroring is a tight and twisty track and notoriously difficult to overtake on. That means qualifying will be important and we will need to realise the potential of the car on Saturday to put ourselves in a place where we can fight for the higher points-scoring positions in the race."
In our latest video, RacingNews365.com looks back at some of the strangest and most unique Formula 1 car designs from over the decades