Pierre Gasly Alpine extension: Why is he staying at crisis stricken F1 team?

Pierre Gasly signed a multi-year extension deal that commits him to Alpine for 2025 and beyond

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Pierre Gasly says his Alpine contract extension is grounded in their “huge potential” as a team after a decent recovery following a challenging start to the Formula 1 season, in which they kicked off the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix as the slowest team on the grid.

The French outfit’s car for the season was said to be slow, overweight and without any standout qualities in any area, in what was a huge engineering failure for the Enstone-based team after they finished sixth in 2023 and fourth in 2023.

As a result, heads have rolled and now personalities have been brought in as they begin their fight back up the F1 grid, which continues into the 2024 Austrian GP, including some old faces and this was enough to ensure Pierre Gasly‘s Alpine contract extension which runs for 2025 and beyond.

“I think, personally, I’ve seen enough in F1 to know that you can’t really rely on a single car concept,” Gasly said to the media, including Total-Motorsport.com, of Alpine’s struggles.

McLaren has proved it in the last two years, Mercedes has also shown that sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you get you can get it wrong, and it takes some time to get back to the top.

Pierre Gasly steps into his Alpine A524 for free practice ahead of the 2024 Bahraing GP | Alpine F1 Team
Pierre Gasly steps into his Alpine A524 for free practice ahead of the 2024 Bahraing GP | Alpine F1 Team

“But it’s mainly in the in the structure, the facilities and the technical stuff you are bringing, which was the most important to me, so that’s what I tried to pay attention to over the last couple of months and trying to see the dynamic going on at the factory.

“And how, regardless of the performance on track, which is obviously miles away from where we want to be but trying to see what solutions we’re trying to bring on board. Obviously, Luca [de Meo, CEO] played a big part because everyone’s trying to defend what they have.”

Briatore not a factor in Gasly’s Alpine extension

The renewal comes after Gasly’s teammate and one-time Grand Prix winner, Esteban Ocon, announced his decision to quit and seek a drive somewhere else with Haas, Sauber/Audi, Williams and Mercedes all being potential candidates.

The two childhood-friends-turned-rivals haven’t always seen eye-to-eye and it seems as though the future of Alpine is one of those areas, despite the recruitment of Flavio Briatore as an executive adviser who aims to improve structural dynamics in the organization.

Briatore won a string of F1 world championships between 1990-2006 before he was banned from the sport briefly after orchestrating the Crashgate scandal at the 2008 Singapore GP, in which he ordered Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash on purpose to benefit Fernando Alonso.

The sun starts to set on Pierre Gasly at the Bahrain International Circuit during 2024 F1 pre-season testing | Alpine F1 Team
The sun starts to set on Pierre Gasly at the Bahrain International Circuit during 2024 F1 pre-season testing | Alpine F1 Team

However, bringing him on board is not why Gasly decided to commit his future to the team he joined ahead of the 2023 season, after previously racing for AlphaTauri/Toro Rosso and Red Bull.

“No, Flavio didn’t really influence it,” Gasly added at the Red Bull Ring. “It was a long conversation over the last couple of months, and it was about time to commit for my future, and I’m very happy and very excited to commit to the team.

“It’s good to have some stability. In my career I went through Toro Rosso to Red Bull, back to Alpine, but not always with a strong dynamic. From what I’m seeing from the team and my relationship with the team with Luca de Meo and with Bruno Famin [team principal], it’s going extremely well, and we’ve got clear ambitions.

“I really like Luca’s vision and where he wants to bring the team over the next few years, and I trust in his management as well. I’m just very excited to be part of the project.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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