Alpine's Canadian GP weekend demonstrated the A522's great potential, with the French squad significantly closing the gap to McLaren in the constructors, even despite the reliability issues that compromised Alonso's Sunday points haul.
Esteban Ocon had one of his textbook solid Grand Prix, avoiding mistakes and capitalising on the errors and misfortunes of others to take another strong finish in P6.
Fernando Alonso's weekend ended in a far more depressing tone, with the Double World Champion firmly in the fight for a top five position until ERS issues and baffling team strategy saw him plummet down the order.
With that said, McLaren's weekend was far worse, as the papaya squad struggled both performance-wise and operationally, failing to improve on their mediocre starting positions.
Otmar Szafnauer has revealed further improvements will be prepared for the British GP, in a bit to further accelerate Alpine's ascent up the grid:
"Even after a very successful Saturday, we were realistic when approaching today's race, aware that the primary objective remained to score points with both cars in order to maintain the momentum which is outs in the championship.
Fernando had bad luck with the timing of the two VSC interventions at the start of the race, before suffering a small problem which prevented him from progressing further in the hierarchy...
We showed our potential this weekend and are looking forward to the next set of car upgrades planned for the next round, with the aim of fighting further up the grid."
Alpine's target for this year has been established as fourth in the constructors.
Given the number of points they have dropped due to reliability this season, displacing McLaren in P4 is a matter of only a few more double-point finishes.
With that said, it must not be forgotten that McLaren has proven capable of taking significant improvements mid-season.