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Alpine, McLaren and Alfa Romeo are the teams currently battling for 4th place in the championship, as the F1 circus heads into the final races before the summer break. 

Following the British GP, Alpine look to be on the ascendancy. The French squad has reduced the gap to McLaren to just 6 points, with Fernando Alonso's 5-race points streak contributing to this. 


With three race weekends - including a sprint race in Austria - upcoming, it will be crucial for the midfield to put themselves in a strong position ahead of the summer break. 

Speaking to after Silverstone, Alonso explained his objectives for the rest of the season, confident Alpine can establish themselves as the best of the rest:

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"The car was very good, I felt more competitive than in any other race this season. We were on the same pace as Norris. 

We know that Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes are untouchable but we are ahead, with some advantage over other cars in the midfield. 

Silverstone is one of the better circuits for McLaren, and we matched their pace, so we expect strong races as a team from now on."

McLaren has admitted the budget cap will make it difficult to bring significant upgrades for the rest of 2022, so any improvements will be minor. 

Indeed, the budget cap has forced most teams' development to a standstill, so the rest of the season will be about how effectively teams can manage the package at their disposal. 

Given that all midfield teams are guilty of making a catalogue of errors from an operational standpoint, it will be those who minimise reliability issues and optimise their strategy that will end the season satisfied with their points haul.