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Gasly: We took a bold approach in the new car

Gasly: Bold A524 will make start of 2024 more complicated

Gasly: We took a bold approach in the new car

Pierre Gasly claims Alpine’s new for 2024 Formula 1 car, the A524, is the result of a bold approach by the team that finished 2023 in no-man’s land, which might make the start of the season complicated.

Alpine finished the 2023 F1 season sixth in the Constructors’ Championship far away from fifth and seventh in terms of points, with an unimpressive and underpowered car in the form of the A523.

And we should not forget that the management shuffle that saw CEO Laurent Rossi out of his position, team boss Otmar Szafnauer out of the door followed with Sporting Director Alan Permane.

But Gasly is looking forward to the challenge of the new A524, a “bold approach” by the team that has been looking break away from the midfield for some time now, and failing miserably to do so despite a couple of outlier podiums in 2023.

Speaking for Formula 1’s Official Website about the new car, Gasly said: “We took a bold approach in the new car after feeling we were plateauing last year, although we finished on the podium a couple of times it wasn’t good enough.

“We felt the need to go into a new project, which we know it might make the start of the year more complicated than we would like, but we know there might be a steeper development curve so that’s what we are targeting.

“Personally, I know I’m at my best physically,” the Frenchman continued. “I have experience in the team, seven years in Formula 1 now so I know exactly what I need to work on, how I’ve got to prepare myself. So, I’m feeling good. We first need to gauge that new car, where we start from, and work from there.”

Top shape a necessity for a 24-race season

Gasly needs to be in top shape for 2024, as well as any other driver that is, with the sport entering a 24-race season, the longest in it history.

He insists he is ready after training in the heat of Dubai, he added: “I’m in the best place I’ve ever been physically, mentally and just very excited to get started… 24 races, we know it will be a very intense season, lots of travel which limits the time we have to train so we have to build up that capacity ahead of the year.

“There was a lot of sweat going on [in Dubai], good preparation ahead of Bahrain and Saudi. It was good, Yuki [Tsunoda] was out there so we had good karting sessions, bumped into each other a couple of times in the gym, pushed each other, played a bit of Padel. Just fun to see him in a different mindset and get in that competitive mindset,” he explained.

In terms of 2024 targets, Gasly said: “We had two [podium] trophies last season, definitely want more this season.

“I just turned 28 so definitely time for some more and to chase that second victory, and that’s what we’ll go for – that’s why I’m in Formula 1, I want to perform and fight for those top positions.

“The target for me personally is always the same – to do the best job I can for the team with the car I am given,” the winner of one grand prix concluded.

Gasly enters his eighth season in F1 in 2024, his second with Alpine. He finished 2023 11th in the F1 Drivers’ Standings with 62 points, his best result being third in Zandvoort.