In the round-up: Alpine will run development parts in the single hour of practice before qualifying tomorrow.
Alpine bringing upgrade to ImolaAlpine’s chief technical officer Pay Fry says the team needs to bring its race pace up to the same level as its qualifying form.
“Clearly our qualifying performance is relatively competitive since we’ve had both cars regularly in Q3,” said Fry. “Had we got things right in Melbourne, we could have been as high as the second row.
“We need to improve our race pace and we’re investigating what can be done. There’s always the right balance to be found between qualifying pace and race pace and we need to continue to work on this to get comfortable with the car on low and high fuel.”
The team will have an upgrade for its A522 chassis at the fourth race of the season this weekend. “We’re working through bringing weight-saving items to the car when and where we can,” he said.
“Although it’s a sprint race weekend we still…