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Alpine F1 Team

Alpine hailed for stunning 'bounce back' from CEO sting

The team has shrugged off criticism earlier in the season with strong performances in Monaco and Spain.

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Alpine Sporting Director Alan Permane believes the team has proven it can "bounce back" from adversity after an up-and-down start to the new campaign.

The Enstone-and-Viry-based outfit was hit with criticism from CEO Laurent Rossi at the Miami Grand Prix, being labelled 'amateurish' given its experiences in Bahrain and Azerbaijan.

But the team has since secured a podium through Esteban Ocon at the Monaco Grand Prix and followed up with a double points finish in Spain a week later.

"Baku was very difficult," Permane told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We put our hands up, we made mistakes and we didn't do a good job. We showed in Miami we can bounce back and we have [since] shown we can bounce back even stronger."

Doesn't feel erratic

The A523 machinery began on the back foot at the Bahrain Grand Prix and was set back with issues, yet current form proves Alpine is getting on top of its car.

On whether it was erratic from track to track, Permane replied: "We are learning about it every week.

"It certainly wasn't an easy car in Bahrain and we didn't have an easy test or an easy race.

"It doesn't feel erratic to us - the only erratic one was Baku where we had an awful weekend. But it feels like we are learning and understanding more about it all the time.

"It feels like we are making progress with it."


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