Pierre Gasly, a name that resonates with the adrenaline-pumping world of Formula 1, has etched his mark on the track, showcasing remarkable performances during his tenure with AlphaTauri in recent seasons. Yet, as the dust settles on his transition to Alpine this year, a shift in his trajectory has been undeniable. The seasoned French racing driver finds himself positioned 12th in the drivers’ standings, a slot that leaves him trailing behind his teammate Esteban Ocon, who claims a respectable 10th.
“I still feel like I’m in a kind of learning process. Not always, but on certain topics or in communication. I wish I could say we’re already at 100 per cent, but that kind of thing takes time.
“I still feel like I’m in a kind of learning process.
“Not always, but on certain topics or in communication. I wish I could say we’re already at 100 per cent, but that kind of thing takes time.
In a candid conversation with Auto Motorsport, Gasly unveils his ongoing journey, one that’s steeped in a learning curve. He conveys the intricacies of adapting to a novel machine, a car that carries the essence of Ocon’s and former Alpine driver Fernando Alonso’s inputs. It’s a departure from familiarity, a shift that requires him to navigate uncharted territories. “The car is an enigma,” he admits, highlighting the stark contrast from his former stint at AlphaTauri.
“You need clarity in communicating with the team. Sometimes we still talk past each other about what I want from the car and what they are able to give me. This Alpine is the evolution of last year’s car driven by Esteban and Fernando [Alonso].
“I had no input into this car. Some things I wish for are not possible with the existing package. Nevertheless, I hope that the car will suit me better at the end of the year.”
Gasly’s resilience shines through as he maneuvers through unexplored terrain. The recent exodus of key figures within the Alpine team – CEO Laurent Rossi, team principal Otmar Szafnauer, chief technical director Pat Fry, and sporting director Alan Permane – reverberated across the pit lane, raising questions about the team’s direction. Gasly, though tight-lipped about these departures, extends his gratitude to these individuals for their invaluable contributions. It’s a nod to the intricate web that constitutes a Formula 1 team, a testament to the behind-the-scenes players who orchestrate the symphony of speed.
“It’s been a turbulent few weeks. It’s a bit difficult for me to comment on that [the departures]. Integrating into a new team is a big step. Laurent, Otmar, Alan and Pat, who I met at the factory, certainly did their best for the team.
“Unfortunately, this season didn’t go as everyone expected and we didn’t make enough progress. I can only thank those who are leaving us now for the first half year and wish them the best.”
In the fast-paced world of motorsports, Gasly’s journey with Alpine is more than just a shift; it’s a testimony to the challenges that come with embracing change. As he navigates the nuances of a new car and adapts to the dynamics of a reshaped team, Gasly’s mettle will undoubtedly be tested. The track ahead is rife with possibilities – opportunities for resurgence and triumph, for reclaiming his position among the elites of Formula 1.