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Pierre Gasly, Alpine A524, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A524, out of the pit lane
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The worrying messaging in Alpine's F1 recovery plan

Alpine has announced that it is parting ways with Esteban Ocon at season's end, but merely changing drivers will not be enough to get Team Enstone back to the front of Formula 1. Team principal Bruno Famin is under no illusion of the challenge it faces, but a reticence to look back on past missteps may not help its case

Even before he took himself out of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix in an aggressive swoop on team-mate Pierre Gasly, it had become clear something had changed in Esteban Ocon’s relationship with Alpine. This is Ocon-Alpine – the sensational winning combination of the 2021 Hungarian GP, with more than a little help from ex-team-mate Fernando Alonso…

Ahead of the action getting under way in Monaco, Ocon had only spoken vaguely of how “if you do a good job on track there should be nothing stopping you in the future”, in terms of remaining with the blue-black team post-2024. His lack of encouragement for his employer spoke loudest in the cramped press room. Earlier in 2024, Alpine team insiders had suggested Ocon’s hollering celebrations at escaping Q1 at the Australian and Japanese races had not gone down well internally.

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