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Tight budget but big ambitions: how Alpine wants to shine at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

2021-05-08T02:59:26.012Z

DECRYPTION - Already engaged in Formula 1, the French brand dreams of making Toyota tremble in endurance racing. Quite a challenge.



From our special correspondent in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)

Standing, hands slipped into the pockets of his team-colored parka, Philippe Sinault does not take his eyes off the control screens in the Alpine stand.

Imperturbable.

It will soon be six hours, comparing the lap times, worrying about the slightest telemetry alert, a sign of a possible problem with the A480 which nevertheless ends up on the track.

Blanchimont curve, Arrêt-de-bus turn, one final acceleration and it's the finish line for the royal blue prototype.

Delivery.

The pressure is falling.

The boss of the team immediately takes his engineers one by one in his arms to congratulate them, then his pilot, Nicolas Lapierre.

The embrace lasts a moment to the applause of the whole garage.

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However, the Alpine team did not win last Saturday, placing themselves on the podium between the two formidable Toyota GR010 Hybrid at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the opening round of the endurance world championship.

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Source: lefigaro

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