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Alpine to bring final car updates to Austin amid battle with McLaren

After bringing their new floor to Singapore and Japan, the team will bring their final car upgrades to Austin amid their battle with McLaren.

Alpine will bring their final updates of the season to Austin as they continue their battle with McLaren in the Formula 1 Constructors Championship. After introducing a new floor for the A522 at the Singapore Grand Prix, the team will make a "small modification" according to Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer to the outer section of the latest floor. "We brought a new floor to the car for Singapore and Japan and that worked as expected," said Szafnauer. "We especially saw the improvements at Suzuka, which is a more conventional circuit than Marina Bay, and we were satisfied with how it performed and that bodes well for futures races. "For Austin, we are bringing a small modification to the outer section of the latest floor, which is our final update of the year."

Austin will be a 'demanding track'

Szafnauer expects the bumpy and high speed Circuit of the Americas to be a "demanding track" for the drivers, as they look to extend their 13-point lead on McLaren. He added: "It’s always great when we race in the United States – home turf for me – especially in Austin, which is a favourite among many of us in Formula 1. "It’s a very demanding racetrack that usually brings some good racing with a fast first sector, the long, back straight and some slow-speed corners towards the end, which has some opportunities for overtaking."

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