Despite a tricky season Pierre Gasly believes that he and Alpine have worked well together and laid the foundations for a positive future.
After the Formula 1 commission revealed that the Renault power unit in the back of the Alpine was 30hp down on its rivals in August, it’s easy to see why the team have struggled at various stages of the season.
A crash at the Australian Grand Prix between Gasly and new team-mate Esteban Ocon threatened to derail their relationship early doors, but the two recovered and operated in tandem, despite costing the team a double top-five result.
"I see two sides," Gasly said. "On one side, a challenging year because we were clearly not at the pace that we expected as a team.
"We thought we would be fighting for better positions. But on the other side, very pleased with the way I've worked with the team.
"It was my first season, and I went into (pre-season testing) in Bahrain not really knowing how the team works, into a new car, and it takes a bit of time before you find your feet inside a new organisation.
"When I look back, I'm feeling so much better now in the car, with the way we're working, and the understanding with the guys, and I'm really pleased with the evolution we have had through the whole season.
"I'm definitely confident we will start with much better foundations from next year onwards."
There are less than three months before the 2024 season kicks off in Bahrain, with Gasly and Alpine eager to deliver an improvement on their sixth-place constructors' finish from 2023.
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