Alpine boss reveals key steps behind Pierre Gasly’s upturn in form

Alpine have been beset by off-track issues in 2023 amid a management reshuffle.

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Alpine’s interim team principal, Bruno Famin, believes a change in how the team and Pierre Gasly communicate with one another has improved the Frenchman’s form.

Gasly secured his first podium in over two years in the Dutch Grand Prix with third in a season blighted by poor reliability and off-track-management changes at the Anglo-French team.

“I think he got used to the team, and we also tried to give him the best possible environment,” Famin told media ahead of the Japanese GP. “We’re trying to solve some communication problems. 

“We had some [with the] technical team, and we tried to make it a bit more comfortable for him and to get the guys to listen [more]. 

“And for him to listen more to what the engineers were telling him. It works in both ways, and the team are making some efforts to make him feel well.”

Shakeup showing results

Although Alpine has secured two podiums in 2023, including Esteban Ocon’s third place in the Monaco GP, off-track matters have put the team in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Mid-way through the Belgian GP weekend, Alpine’s then-team principal Otmar Szafnauer and sporting director Alan Permane were dismissed, promoting Famin into the role of interim team principal until a successor is found.

“We made some quite good big changes at [the] end of July this created a really new mindset on the trackside team,” explained Famin. “I’m quite happy with what I’ve seen so far. 

“I think we made some quite good races in terms of strategy execution scenes. I’m still assessing the factories both with the goal of really extracting more performance.

“One of the key things is to try to get all the people working together to extract all the potential we have to put everything together to create more performance.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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