Alpine not missing Alonso yet

Alpine boss Szafnauer, however, insists that Alonso “never raised” his discomfort with the Renault-owned team’s celebrations for fourth place behind Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes. “For us this year, we can get much closer to third than we were this year – and I’ll celebrate that too,” Szafnauer added. For 2023, Alpine has added Pierre Gasly to the lineup – even though the Frenchman was the team’s third pick behind Alonso and Oscar Piastri. When asked whether the team is missing Alonso, Szafnauer insisted: “Not yet, actually. Also yet to be seen is whether Alonso was right to quit the team and make the move to Aston Martin – a team that finished three places behind Alpine in 2022.

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