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Alpine Struggles to Find Form in 2024 Formula 1 Season

Team Principal Bruno Famin Expressed ‘The Team Is Not for Sale’

Hoping for a Change

Alpine, the French works manufacturer, is facing a challenging position as it sits at the bottom of the constructors’ championship table in the 2024 Formula 1 season. Despite high expectations following their fourth-place finish in 2022, the team has failed to secure a single point in the first four Grands Prix of the season, posing a disappointing setback for a team with a substantial works budget.

 

Alpine Struggles to Find Form in 2024 Formula 1 Season
Alpine's French driver Pierre Gasly/Philip FONG/AFP

Internal Changes and Struggling Performance

The team’s track struggles have been compounded by internal changes, including the abrupt departures of key figures such as CEO Laurent Rossi and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer during the 2023 season. These departures, in addition to the exits of Chief Technical Officer Pat Fry and Sporting Director Alan Permane, have raised questions about the stability and direction of the team.

Furthermore, following its lackluster start to the 2024 F1 schedule, Technical Director Matt Harman and Head of Aerodynamics Dirk de Beer left the team. These changes have unquestionably disrupted the team’s operations and contributed to its poor performance on the track.

 

 


Regarding the poor performance, Team Principal Bruno Famin expressed, “We are not meeting our performance expectations. Our aim is not to sit at P15 or P16. We aspire to be at the forefront, enhance the car’s performance, and strive for podium finishes and victories at the earliest opportunity.

 

Planning for Recovery and Future Goals

Recent F1 rumors have indicated Renault’s interest in selling the team due to its poor performance. However, despite these challenges, Famin remains hopeful about Alpine’s future in Formula 1, affirming that the team is not up for sale and receives full backing from the Renault Group board.


We have the full support of the top management. The team is not for sale. We will keep pushing to reach our goals.” Famin emphasized in a discussion with F1.com.“Everybody [on the board] understands it is not an easy challenge. It’s a very difficult challenge – we owe a lot of respect to our competitors. To fight ahead, we have to raise the bar, raise our level, we need to improve.

But forget podium celebrations for Alpine at the Chinese GP! Famin threw in the towel for this year. Since most teams, including Alpine, are focusing their resources on building a car for the 2026 season, this year’s machines will only get minor tweaks. So, don’t expect Gasly or Ocon to be stealing the headlines of F1 news with any surprise wins.

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