Alpine engine issues solved as we enter the 2023 season

The team is confident that their technical staff have successfully addressed the issue, giving them the opportunity to compete for the championship.

Alpine has resolved their engine issues, which we saw costing them quite a lot last season. They suffered 7 DNFs across the whole season.

Alpine has made it no secret that they are ready to win this time. Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon are behind the wheel of the A523 in this 2023 season. Their aim is to break into the top three. If that doesn't work out, to at least be closer to the frontrunners. All this has been incorporated into their strategies and hopefully, the team will score some podiums this coming season. Technical problems cost Alpine some points last season. Fernando Alonso suffered DNFs in Saudi Arabia, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Due to mechanical issues, Esteban Ocon also failed to finish at Silverstone and Singapore.

However, the executive director of Alpine, Famin, testifies that the team experts have been working extra hard to curb all those reliability issues.

“To be transparent, we had one big issue last year we had during the full season, which was linked to the water pump,” he said. “Very quickly during the season we saw that to solve that problem we needed to change the location of the pump or to change the pump itself, and that couldn’t be done without changing all the parts, the integration on the car – just impossible to do during the season. And during the season last year we made some notifications and improvements to reduce the risk – but only reducing the risk – and the big step is now with the A523 we have a new water pump in a new place, and all the tests we have done on the dyno are OK, then we are reasonably confident, we are as confident as it’s possible to be after the dyno. The dyno is the dyno, the track is the track, but we are happy with what we have done on the dyno.”

He says Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault are now almost equal in performance. “We were happy with last season because we really closed the gap compared to ’21. Very little differences between the four PUs on the grid, we are happy with the level of performance. Now we are reasonably confident in the fact that we have done all our homework and that this has resolved and for the 2023 season we will see on the track. He continued on to say, "It’s difficult to compare with the others. The thing we want to compare with others at Enstone is integration. We have some evolution on the car, on the power unit we haven’t brought anything in terms of performance or power, but we bring performance to the car.

Some areas are not totally frozen for 2023, like the exhaust… but we work on that for the best possible integration of the PU in the car. We haven’t brought anything in terms of performance or power on the power unit, but we bring performance to the car. Some areas are not totally frozen for 2023, like the exhaust… but we work on that for the best possible integration of the PU in the car. We haven’t brought anything in terms of performance or power on the power unit, but we bring performance to the car. Some areas are not totally frozen for 2023, like the exhaust, but we work on that for the best possible integration of the PU in the car.” 

Concerning the drivability of the cars, “I think at the start of the 2022 season, drivers were complaining about drivability; that has been solved during the season. I think we worked on that, and I hope there will be no major complaint about drivability at the start of the 2023 season."

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