Esteban Ocon reckons that it's only a matter of time until Alpine manage to find some laptime, after the French team became one of the teams to slip back in the midfield over the winter break.
Despite the Renault R.S.20 from last year being a strong contender and a podium finisher towards the end of the season, the transition over the winter into the Alpine A521 appears to have hurt the team's competitiveness as they went without a point in Bahrain.
However, Ocon believes that the reason behind their drop in pace compared to the rest has been identified, and it's just a case of putting the solutions in place to vault back up the order.
"The new rules changed a lot of things," Ocon explained to media, including RacingNews365.com. "As everybody says, it's a year that we keep the same rules and it's carried over from last year.
"This is not the reality. In fact most of the car is new for everybody, it is for us for sure, because we know what we have on the car. Everybody lost a good amount of grip and downforce and everybody's trying to get that back on the cars.
"At the moment, with those new rules, everybody is slower. Us as well, compared to the car that we had last year. So we know where to find the time and we know where to recover that lap time. The part of spotting where it is is done, now we have to do it."