Fernando Alonso is keeping “mum” on his predictions for the Alpine F1 team this season.
In an interview with the Official Formula One Magazine, the two-time World Champion will be returning to the grid for the first since 2018 with the newly rebranded team.
With many spectators hoping for a battle at the front of the grid, many agree upon the likely outcome of a midfield brawl once again this season – including Alonso!
Speaking in an interview with the magazine, the 39-year-old said; “I didn’t start thinking about that yet – I think we are too early into preparations.
“Maybe after the winter test you can imagine or dream about the first race and where you can be. Right now, I didn’t have any thoughts about that.
“Realistically, we have to have our feet on the ground,” he added, “knowing that even if there are some changes for this year, they are not dramatic, so performance will not be too different compared to last year.
“I think Mercedes will be in front of everybody, then there will be Red Bull and there will be a close fight between a few teams.
“Alpine will be within that group of teams and that will be interesting to see who adapts better to the new regulations.
“I think it will be very tight, so we could be fighting for sixth or seventh on the grid or it could be 15th very easily. Our job is to be at least fighting for the top 10.”
The Alpine will be revealing their first car since the team rebranded from Renault after the 2020 season, on March 2 through a virtual event.