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Alpine A523: A Season of Perplexity and Continuity
The Alpine A523 had an unpredictable season, showing inconsistencies at high-speed tracks while excelling in others. It was a rollercoaster ride for the team, with moments of brilliance juxtaposed with disappointments.
The Highs and Lows
In Monaco, Esteban Ocon stunned everyone by starting and finishing third, showcasing the potential of the car. This success continued when Pierre Gasly matched that result in a chaotic Zandvoort race. However, there were also lackluster weekends where both cars struggled to break into the top 10.
Retirements plagued the team throughout the season, often due to unfortunate incidents on track. The collision between Gasly and Ocon in Australia was particularly disappointing. As a result, their overall points tally dropped from 173 to 120.
Turmoil Off the Track
The off-track drama added another layer of complexity to Alpine’s season. CEO Laurent Rossi underwent position changes while team principal Otmar Szafnauer and sporting director Alan Permane were ousted during the Spa weekend. Coincidentally, chief technical officer Pat Fry left to join Williams around the same time.
A Reshuffling of Responsibilities
All these changes led to a reshuffle within the race team hierarchy as Bruno Famin took over as interim team principal. Despite this turbulence, Renault CEO Luca de Meo visited Enstone reaffirming his commitment to Alpine’s future.
Focusing on Progression
The team recognized the need for improvement and initiated upgrades at both their Enstone facility and Viry power unit base. These efforts aimed to enhance performance and create a solid foundation for the future.
Bruno Famin acknowledges that Alpine’s season may not have met their initial expectations but is optimistic about the progress made. Changes within the team allowed individuals to propose ideas freely, fostering a culture of innovation.
With an unleashed mindset, improvements were seen in various aspects such as garage operations, track engineering, and race strategy. The second half of the season showed better results than the first, demonstrating an upward trajectory.
The Path Ahead
Famin emphasizes that there is still work to be done to reach their desired level of competitiveness. While acknowledging challenges with car development and engine performance, he believes in aligning all aspects together for success.
While immediate transformation might not be feasible, Alpine’s focus lies in harmonizing all elements involved – from personnel coordination to extracting maximum performance from their car and engine combination. The goal remains consistent: achieving positive outcomes on track.