“He’s going to bring what we need,” Alpine’s Laurent Rossi has very clear vision for Pierre Gasly’s role in the team


“He’s going to bring what we need,” Alpine’s Laurent Rossi has very clear vision for Pierre Gasly’s role in the team

Pierre Gasly is now all-set to enter Alpine to replace two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso. His appointment has been a massive leap of faith for the French team that managed to grab the P4 position in 2022 by surpassing the mighty McLaren squad. When Alonso had announced his move to Aston Martin to take Vettel’s place, it was a general notion amongst the Alpine executives that they will promote Oscar Piastri, a driver from their own academy, to take the spot beside Esteban Ocon.

Unfortunately, Piastri had other things in mind as he wanted to settle for a more lucrative deal which was offered to him by McLaren. So, the Australian made use of some loopholes in his contract with Alpine and refused to join the team as he signed up to be Lando Norris‘ partner for F1 2023. Then, Alpine selected Pierre Gasly as their new recruit as they hope Gasly’s experience, which he has gathered since his F1 debut in 2017, will give him an edge on his opponents.

Pierre Gasly, who has been under the Red Bull umbrella for 6 long years, will be stepping out into unknown territory for the first time. The Frenchman has joined Max Verstappen as his teammate in 2019 after Daniel Ricciardo departed, but was demoted mid-season since his performance failed to impress the executives of the Austrian team. Since then, he had been enduring a long wait to get called back into Red Bull and now that he has realised that door is closed for him, he has grabbed the chance to join Alpine to explore some new possibilities.

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Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi explains how he believes Pierre Gasly can help the team

Pierre Gasly

Alpine has already made some unexpected headway in 2022 by grabbing the “best-of-the-rest” spot in the World Championship Standings. Hence, Pierre Gasly will be joining a team that is already on the rise, and he will be expected to contribute to their good results. Speaking on Gasly’s role, Alpine’s Laurent Rossi said, “Hopefully he’s going to bring what we need, which is to continue developing the car, because at the moment, we are still pretty much in the midfield, and we need to take the car a notch up.”

The 2023 season will see some newbies in various F1 teams such as McLaren, Williams, and AlphaTauri. Also, Nico Hulkenberg will be coming out of his F1 exile to join the ranks as the new Haas F1 driver. With so many new faces in the grid, it is going to be an interesting season for the fans as they will be watching with eyes peeled to find out who gets the last laugh at the end of the year.

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