Alpine technical director Matt Harman has revealed how some teams managed to get the jump on the Enstone-based outfit in 2023, and how that has fuelled the design of their new-look 2024 car.
The team finished sixth in the constructors' championship, but were a long way behind fifth-placed Aston Martin, who claimed eight podiums throughout the year while Alpine managed just the two between drivers Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly.
French driver Ocon recently revealed some rather negative thoughts on how the new Alpine car is shaping up ahead of 2024, but Harman believes that the team know the direction that they need to take in order to improve performance.
“I think we got a little bit outgunned aerodynamically by some other cars,” he told F1.com.
“We did make some ground at the start of the season on the people we were targeting.
“But there were some notable teams that had made a bigger step than we did. Some of that is to do with pure load on the car, pure development and the amount of load we’re able to put on the car. Some of it was the understanding we needed to extract from the car in the way in which we operate it.
“There have been experiments going on throughout the year to try and get to the bottom of that. Some of it has been visible, some of it hasn’t been so visible. We hope to use that learning to try and get a more positive result this year.”
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