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Alpine F1 Struggles in Bahrain

Ocon and Gasly’s Desert Despair: Alpine’s Bahrain Flop

02/03/2024

Alpine F1 faced a tough Bahrain GP, with Ocon and Gasly finishing at the back. The team looks to Jeddah for a potential comeback.

Similar to qualifying, where both drivers were at the back of the grid, the Bahrain race proved to be a tough challenge for Alpine F1. Esteban Ocon finished 17th and Pierre Gasly 18th, only ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who had a 52-second pit stop, and Logan Sargeant, who went off track.

“It was a race that provided a lot of data to build on for next week. Jeddah should suit the car better, and we’re hoping for improved performance there, for sure,” Ocon told Canal+.

When asked about the car’s lack of performance, the French driver didn’t pinpoint a specific area: “It’s clear we’re lacking everywhere, the race was difficult, we were overtaken many times and it wasn’t enjoyable to drive.”

Gasly Eyes Jeddah Boost Amid Struggles

Pierre Gasly wasn’t much more optimistic, though he lamented that the execution wasn’t perfect: “I think, unfortunately, it reflects this weekend’s performance. We executed a good race, tried some strategy things, but we maximized the potential.”

“We need to improve the pit stops because it’s costing me ten seconds. It wouldn’t have resulted in points, but we’re working on it, and in the future, it’ll be important when we’re closer to scoring points. But the race was well-executed, we just lack performance.”

He hopes for a slight improvement in Jeddah but cautions that it will only come through adjustments, not development: “We’ll work on it, we have a few days but there won’t be any evolutions to the car.”

“We have a lot to learn about the car, things to refine, because even if we tried to optimize the car, there are still adjustments to be made. But there won’t be a revolution, and we need to work step by step.”

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