F1: Alpine talks about Ocon’s departure

F1: Alpine talks about Ocon’s departure
F1: Alpine talks about Ocon’s departure

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F1: Alpine talks about Ocon’s departure

Published on July 1, 2024 at 2:35 p.m. – updated on July 1, 2024 at 2:40 p.m.

At the end of his contract with Alpine in 2024, Esteban Ocon will leave the French team at the end of the season. The French team preferred to continue the adventure with Pierre Gasly and it wanted to return to the reasons which pushed it to make this choice through its director Bruno Famin.

The story comes to an end between Alpine and Esteban Ocon. The French driver will not be retained and will therefore leave the French team five years after his arrival. A carefully considered decision according to Bruno Famin. The director ofAlpine indeed explained that his team needed a renewal and that this was part of a certain logic.

“It was difficult to keep both drivers because we need to renew”

« We all know that with Esteban, we were at the end of the cycle, a five-year cycle. It was difficult to keep both pilots because we need to renew, as we do with the engineers, we need to renew the blood to improve, to change the process. That’s why, even though he brought a lot to the team, Esteban’s time with Alpine was over “, said Bruno Famin in remarks relayed by Nextgen-Auto. On the other hand, Alpine extended Pierre Gasly who was not demotivated by his team’s poor performances at the start of the season.

Famin explains the choice to keep Gasly

« So we keep Pierre, because I think he still has a lot to bring to the team. He will develop in a different way, with a different image, and that’s it. Since Bahrain we have taken an interesting step, but we are not yet where we want to be. We are happy with the evolution, but we are not happy with the position. Of course, the evolutions have helped. If we were still on the last line in Barcelona, ​​we would have had less strength to convince him of the project. What he has seen, from the beginning of the year until today, is proof of what we want to do with the project. The fact that David Sanchez joined the project two months ago [comme directeur technique] is a real plus “, added Bruno Famin.

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