Is Alpine’s crisis easing? Gasly spots signs of hope

Pierre Gasly has indicated that Alpine is slowly overcoming its current Formula 1 challenges, noting that the team is making progress “in the right direction.”

Renault’s official Formula 1 team finds itself mired in difficulties, battling persistent rumours of potential takeovers and the possibility of losing both Gasly and his teammate Esteban Ocon in 2025.

The team has been grappling with a chassis that is too heavy, alongside an engine that lacks power. But as Williams is still struggling to produce a third monocoque, Alpine is on the brink of preparing a new, lighter chassis.

Moreover, other upgrades are being fast-tracked to the tracks, including a new floor initially set for the Miami race but introduced early in Shanghai.

Currently, Ocon is the only one equipped with these latest upgrades. “From what we’ve seen so far, the improvements to Esteban’s car seem to be a step in the right direction,” Gasly shared with Canal Plus during the China race weekend, adding, “so I’m looking forward to Miami where we can both benefit from these developments.”

Ocon, meanwhile, has expressed interest in the Mercedes seat that Lewis Hamilton will vacate at the end of the year, an interest underscored by the fact that he is managed by Mercedes’ Toto Wolff.

When probed about his plans for 2025 in Shanghai, Ocon maintained a non-committal stance, simply stating, “We’ll see. I don’t know.”

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