Formula 1: What must Alpine do to win the midfield battle?

Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, Alpine, Formula 1 (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, Alpine, Formula 1 (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Given how Alpine have opened the 2023 Formula 1 season, they look to be leading the midfield battle. But how can they make sure they win it?

Two races into the 2023 Formula 1 season, Alpine are out in front in the midfield battle. They sit at eight points and fifth in the constructor standings and are four points clear of sixth place Alfa Romeo.

The battle could really heat up this season, and Alpine definitely have their hopes of coming out on top. So what must they do to win it?

Well, it is very clear that Alpine have some good pace in the A523. Pierre Gasly showed the extent of the car as he made his way from the back of the grid to the points in Bahrain. In Jeddah, Esteban Ocon was able to join his French teammate in the points, rounding out a good performance from the team.

Consistency and confidence will be key for Alpine to maintain their lead in the Formula 1 midfield.

They have the best car amongst those with whom they will be in a battle. Minimizing their mistakes during qualifying and the race, but also having good reliability, will destine the team to come on top.

Ocon and Gasly are in quite an interesting spot, and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix proved it. It was clear that Alpine are still a step behind the top teams, given that Red Bull, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and Ferrari were well ahead. On the flip side, not a single team came close to Alpine, with the next closest driver being more than 10 seconds behind.

In a sense, Alpine are kind of on their own, and they just need to make sure everything goes according to plan. They seem quite comfortable during the race, and not many issues have been present for the French duo. Qualifying will be key in their effort to maintain their position throughout the season.

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As Alpine now head to Melbourne, they will look to keep their position atop the midfield battle. The Australian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place at Albert Park Circuit on Sunday, April 2. ESPN is set to broadcast the race live beginning at 1:00 a.m. ET, so begin a free trial of FuboTV and don’t miss it!