Pierre Gasly, Alpine, Spa-Francorchamps, 2023

Gasly pleased to give Alpine “positive memories” after turbulent weekend

2023 Belgian Grand Prix

Posted on

| Written by and

Pierre Gasly said he was pleased to bring some cheer to Alpine amid a turbulent weekend for the team by finishing third in Saturday’s sprint race.

The result came 24 hours after Alpine announced the departures of team principal Otmar Szafnauer and sporting director Alan Permane. It followed days of speculation around the team following the previous departure of CEO Laurent Rossi, and Alpine’s slump to sixth in the constructors’ championship behind McLaren.

Speaking in response to a question from RaceFans, Gasly said he’d tried to put the off-track drama out of his mind during the weekend. “Personally, I’ve got to focus on what I do on the track and try to bring the best I can from every single session and that’s what I’ve been focusing on,” he said.

However he said it was clear the team, which finished fourth in the championship last year, had failed to meet expectations over the first half of 2023.

“Obviously, I think everyone’s disappointed with the start of the year, we didn’t perform straight from the start as well as we should have and there hasn’t really been the progress that we all would have liked,” said Gasly.

“But obviously I’ve just joined six months ago, I don’t know the past history and it’s quite a lot of changes also for me, like just coming in the team and relying on new people and then all these changes. But, I think everybody needs to sit down and kind of process what’s happened, just refresh and start fresh in Zandvoort.”

Gasly started Saturday’s sprint race from sixth on the grid and rose to finish third behind Max Verstappen and Oscar Piastri. As Alpine also came to terms with the departure of chief technical officer Pat Fry to Williams, Gasly said his result gave the team some satisfaction at a difficult time.

“Everything’s quite fresh. So obviously sit down during the summer and go over all of that. But we tried to just stay focussed on the job this weekend.

“I’m glad we managed to get a trophy, even if it’s a small one. I’m glad we managed to get a trophy yesterday for the last weekend of Alan, Otmar and Pat, at least it makes some positive memories.”

Gasly’s team mate Esteban Ocon also worked with Szafnauer while the pair were at Force India in 2017 and 2018. “I’ve been working with him for many years and I shared a lot of great moments with him,” said Ocon.

“I wish them the best for the future,” he added. “But obviously I am completely focussed on the job I have to do and my job is to be the fastest behind the wheel I can be.”

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

2023 Belgian Grand Prix

Browse all 2023 Belgian Grand Prix articles

Author information

Keith Collantine
Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...
Claire Cottingham
Claire has worked in motorsport for much of her career, covering a broad mix of championships including Formula One, Formula E, the BTCC, British...

Got a potential story, tip or enquiry? Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here.

5 comments on “Gasly pleased to give Alpine “positive memories” after turbulent weekend”

  1. To me it seems like a team in free fall and I very much doubt that those departing were the primary reasons.

    The head company just doesn’t seem to want to invest enough to make the differences required to improve the teams performance.

    I just don’t see them lasting in their current form – stand by for a buyout.

  2. Yeah, Alpine really badly needed at least something to hold onto as they are looking for a way out and up.

  3. To me, there’s just two more seasons to run for Alpine, they’ll be gone at the end of 2025.
    They would not invest in the new engines spec for 2026, they’re gone to WEC.
    Gasly and Ocon are counting their days in F1 and the results will come less and less frequently over the years.
    Maybe it was Alpinés last podium.

    1. @jeff1s
      You’re probably right. These could be the last couple of seasons for Alpine. Maybe Andretti can finally enter the sport by making a palatable offer to Alpine. They’ve got some American investors already.. now lets get the American team owner in as well.

      1. @todfod – I made a similar point at the weekend that this disruption could pave the way for Andretti to join the grid by buying a team.

Comments are closed.