The BWT Alpine F1 Team's journey through the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship culminated at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. It was a season marked by highs and lows, and the team wrapped up their campaign securing a respectable sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Season Finale at Yas Marina: A Gritty Performance
The season finale saw team drivers Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly starting in promising positions. Ocon, beginning in twelfth, and Gasly in tenth, both aimed to end the season on a high. The race, however, unfolded with its share of challenges. Gasly made a promising start, moving up to eighth, but an unfortunate incident involving contact with Lewis Hamilton led to significant damage to his car, affecting its aerodynamic performance.
Meanwhile, Ocon executed a one-stop strategy, pitting for hard tires, and maintained his position, finishing in twelfth. Gasly, opting for a two-stop strategy, faced difficulties in making substantial progress, ultimately finishing thirteenth.
Reflection and Optimism: Looking Towards 2024
Despite not achieving their objectives for the year, the team displayed resilience and a strong spirit. Esteban Ocon acknowledged the need for in-depth analysis and improvement, expressing optimism for a stronger comeback in 2024. Pierre Gasly, reflecting on the season, noted the growth and development within the team, emphasizing the positive trajectory they are on.
Bruno Famin, the Interim Team Principal, provided a balanced perspective on the season. Acknowledging the mix of successful and challenging moments, he emphasized the importance of reflection and strategic planning for the upcoming season.
Post-Season Developments and Fan Appreciation
The team remains in Abu Dhabi for post-season testing, with Esteban Ocon being joined by Jack Doohan, fresh from his victory in FIA Formula 2. This testing phase is crucial for the team’s preparations for the next season.
In closing, both drivers and the team principal extended their gratitude to the team, partners, and fans for their unwavering support. The Alpine F1 Team, with its eyes firmly set on 2024, is ready to harness the lessons of this season and channel them into a stronger and more competitive performance in the next chapter of their Formula 1 journey.