Pierre Gasly claims he has ‘moved on’ from Otmar Szafanuer’s sacking at Alpine

Pierre Gasly made it clear that Alpine has left the depature of Otmar Szafnauer and Alan Permane behind.


Pierre Gasly claims he has ‘moved on’ from Otmar Szafanuer’s sacking at Alpine

Pierre Gasly (Via IMAGO)

The Alpine F1 team went through a major shake-up right before the start of the F1 summer break. Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer and Sporting Director Alan Permane were fired by the Enstone-based team on the eve of the Belgian GP. Now, Alpine driver Pierre Gasly has claimed that he does not look back at the exit of the key personnel of the French team.

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Gasly thanked Szafnauer, Permane, as well as former Technical head Pat Fry. The French driver mentioned that Alpine is working towards its targets in F1. The Enstone-based team was done with the departure of its former management and now looked set on focusing on its current team. As such, Pierre Gasly was not worried about the team’s structural shake-up.

Gasly said, as reported by Nextgen-Auto, “We have big ambitions as a team. And, as a pilot, all I want is to drive the car as fast as possible. I am very grateful to Laurent, Otmar, Alan and Pat for their support and services, but as a team, we moved on and focus only on the members who are part of the team from now on.” Alpine is still far off its aim of becoming a title contender in F1.

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Pierre Gasly claims Alpine is happy with new leadership

Former Alpine Team Principal, Otmar Szafnauer and Pierre Gasly (Credits: @BoxutcaF1/Twitter)
Former Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer and Pierre Gasly (Credits: @BoxutcaF1/Twitter)

After the sacking of Otmar Szafnauer, Renault F1 Powerunits head Bruno Famin took control of the Enstone-based team. Several internal promotions have taken place since. As the French team restructures itself to start a new era of development. Pierre Gasly mentioned that the Renault works team is high-spirited with the new management.

Moreover, Gasly revealed that he had worked with interim Sporting Director Julian Rouse in 2014. The French driver raced for Arden in Formula Renault 3.5 and finished second in his rookie season behind Carlos Sainz. Pierre Gasly said, “There is a positive effervescence in the garageunder the leadership of Bruno Famin and Julian Rouse, for whom I already ran at the time of the Renault 3.5 Formula in Arden… we finished second in the championship behind Carlos Sainz.”

Thus, Pierre Gasly has made it clear that he and the Alpine team have left the exit of Otmar Szafnauer behind. The Enstone-based team is working extensively under its new leadership to become a front-runner in Formula 1. However, this will not be a short-term achievement for the Renault works team as it tries to catch up to the top teams.

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