In the round-up: Alpine are only planning minor revisions to their A523 over the remaining races of 2023.
Alpine “on the ’24 car now”
With six rounds of the season left to run, Alpine are unlikely to move up or down from their current sixth place in the constructors’ championship. The team brought a substantial revisions to its car at the Singapore Grand Prix last month, but isn’t planning any major changes before the end of the season.
“I would say probably [that’s] the last major upgrade,” said the team’s head of trackside engineering Ciaron Pilbeam, “but we’re not quite done yet. We’ve got one or two other bits and pieces coming later in the year.”
The team is now concentrating on its chassis for next year. “We’re on the ’24 car now, almost exclusively,” Pilbeam confirmed.
Aragon test for Alpine WEC racer
Alpine continued development of its A424 chassis at Motorland Aragon in Spain last week ahead of its entry into the World Endurance Championship next season. Nicolas Lapierre covered over 1,500 kilometres in a series of long and short runs as the team worked on a wide range of set-up items including the car’s ride height, braking system, differential, hybrid power unit weight distribution and aerodynamic configuration.
“It’s been an intense two days,” said Alpine’s vice-president of motorsport Bruno Famin. “All the shakedown stages are now behind us, and we’ve got down to the nitty-gritty at Aragon, with the fine-tuning of the car’s different systems and the aero work.”
A further run is planned at the shorter and slower Jerez circuit in the south of Spain in two weeks’ time.
Mexican GP promoter tells fans not to boo driversMax Verstappen was booed at the British Grand Prix.
“We invite all motorsport fans around the world, to passionately cheer for their favourite driver, but also behave respectfully towards other competitors,” said the race’s Marketing and PR director Rodrigo Sánchez. “Let us build an environment based on tolerance, inclusion, diversity, and above all, respect during a Grand Prix.”
Ward explains organisational changes at McLaren
McLaren has revised the organisation of its IndyCar team. Gavin Ward’s job title has been changed from racing director to team principal, while former driver Tony Kanaan sees his former role of special adviser become that of sporting director. Brian Barnhart remains general manager.
The scale of the team’s operation grew by 40% last year as it expanded to a third full-time entry for Alexander Rossi. “Last year at this time the team went through significant changes and growth, and we had to move fast to recruit and stay ahead of preparation for the upcoming season,” said Ward.
“We’ve used the last several months as an opportunity to observe our ways of working — where we’re strong and where we need to be better. I’m excited for these changes. This team has great characters and a ton of talent, and this is all about leaning into people’s strengths and allowing the team to run fast and effectively.”
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