Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Fry has said that he left Alpine due to a lack of drive to 'move forward beyond fourth'.
The Brit - who has worked in Formula 1 since 1987 at a huge host of teams including Ferrari, Benetton and McLaren - left Alpine earlier this season to instead join Williams after three full seasons of steady progress.
“I look back at the first three years I was there, and we improved Enstone, dramatically,” Fry told Autosport.
“Year-on-year, we built a better car.
“If you put the three cars next to each other, each one was a massive step. It’s a credit for everyone there, the various teams were collaborating a huge amount better. I think everyone there should be proud of what we achieved for those three years.
“I guess I’d gone back there to go back to the place you started your career and try and rebuild it. And I think we did really well. From a distant fifth, we were a solid fourth.
“But I didn’t feel there was the enthusiasm or the drive to move forward beyond fourth.”
Szafnauer removed from his position
Whilst Szafnauer had enjoyed a successful career with the Force India/Racing Point team, he joined Alpine after a tumultuous time with Aston Martin.
He was only given one full season with the Enstone-based outfit, something that Fry believes was not enough time.
“Enstone as such, the destiny that we were in charge of, we could control,” he continued. “And I think we did a good job.
“I’m not so sure that Otmar got a fair chance at fixing the place, because to some degree I think metaphorically, your hands are tied, I guess.
“But as I say, I think everyone there should be proud of what we achieved in those first three years."
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