McLaren weren't allowed either. They made a case and got it approved. Like I said, Alpine didn't try.SmallSoldier wrote: ↑Mon Nov 28, 2022 12:43 amYou are missing the point completely… McLaren’s contract to move to Mercedes was signed before Covid hit the 2020 season… When it happens a mandated chassis freeze was set in place, no Team could make changes to their cars.diffuser wrote: ↑Sun Nov 27, 2022 10:30 pmYep, Alpine could have asked for the same thing. Point is, they didn't even try.SmallSoldier wrote: ↑Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:08 pm
McLaren situation was unique because of a change of PU manufacturer and used all of their tokens making the change… Alpine wouldn’t have been able to make chassis changes to accommodate the new PU in 2021 (assuming installation required more modifications than what the token system allowed).
To me, there is no difference to McLaren asking to make chassis changes because they were planing to change PU manufactures for 2021 and Alpine planning to release a new PU for 2021 that require chassis changes. You can't penalise Alpine just because they're an engine manufacturer. Fact is, they both planned the change for 2021.
Since McLaren contractually couldn’t use Renault engines anymore and had to use the Mercedes PU in 2021, the FIA had to find a compromise… McLaren was allowed to make the necessary changes to install a new PU with different architecture, cooling requirements, layout, etc… In order for the rest of the Teams not to fill disadvantaged, they created the Token system to allow for certain improvements by other Teams.
Alpine couldn’t ask for the same reprieve to install a different PU, they had one they could use (their 2020 PU), McLaren didn’t… It wasn’t a matter of Alpine didn’t ask, they simply couldn’t or better said, weren’t allowed.
Even Rossi said they should have gone with the new PU in 2021. That tells me, he thinks, there was a chance of getting approval.
Also, remember, that PU was supposed to go into the 2021 car, it was on the test bench. There were all those pictures that came out when Alonso visited in late summer 2020 that caught the PU with the split turbo.