Esteban Ocon believes that Alpine are in “good hands” under the stewardship of new management figures Laurent Rossi and Davide Brivio.
The team, known as Renault until the end of last year, parted ways with former team principal Cyril Abiteboul during the off-season, with Rossi moving into the role of Alpine CEO and Brivio becoming the racing director.
The Enstone outfit enjoyed a better campaign in 2020, finishing fifth in the constructors’ championship, but securing three podium finishes and remaining in the fight for third place until the last race in Abu Dhabi.
Ocon earned his first Formula 1 podium at the Sakhir Grand Prix and the Frenchman revealed he has been in touch with the new bosses over the phone.
“We haven’t been to Enstone, unfortunately, it’s a little bit complicated to travel and with all the restrictions we haven’t been able,” he said. “But we kept in touch a lot on the phone with all the members of the team, with the new bosses as well.
“We look to be in good hands, they are really motivated and really humble, and they are trying to help as much as they can.
“So that’s all very positive. But yeah, as soon as we are going to be able to travel again to the UK, we will do so.”
With Fernando Alonso arriving as Ocon’s teammate, expectations at Alpine will be high and the former Force India driver appears optimistic.
“So I had them on the phone two times already, Laurent Rossi and Davide Brivio, we met by videoconference,” he added.
“And then we spoke for a very long time. As I said they are very, very motivated, they are big fans of motorsport.
“Obviously Davide is very successful in MotoGP, in his world, and he is hungry to develop the team even a further step. So I had a good feeling, and I feel we are in good hands, so this is good news.”