The season has been challenging for Alpine, as they haven’t met their anticipated goals – this is reflected in the Alpine F1 Results. Recent personnel changes hint at internal dissatisfaction, which can lead to hasty decisions.
The question often arises – is the shortcoming due to the drivers, the chassis, or the power unit? In many instances, it’s a combination of all these factors. Being the sole team using the Renault engine makes it hard to gauge their standing accurately.
Historically, the Enstone team has transitioned through different ownerships, with Alpine representing the Renault era. The team has predominantly relied on the Renault engine.
While there were moments of success, like when Alonso clinched the world championships in 2005/6, sustained achievements have been elusive.
During Red Bull’s initial dominant phase, they used Renault’s naturally-aspirated engines. However, since the introduction of the hybrid era, the power unit aspect seems to have lagged.
Alpine has indicated a power shortfall, which would adversely affect its performance on tracks that require high power. Except for Monaco, most circuits lean on power. So, it’s plausible to assume that the past couple of seasons have shown some areas of improvement, especially in power-centric circuits.
From observations during the Formula One World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, the chassis seems competitive, ranking in the mid-tier. If we set aside reliability issues and occasional errors, Alpine’s performance is within a reasonable range of top teams like Red Bull.
Yet, the recent internal changes at Enstone are a cause for reflection.
Alpine F1 Results – Drivers
In terms of drivers, there’s a competitive spirit. Esteban Ocon has demonstrated an aggressive driving style regardless of his team. Pierre Gasly shows promise but lacks consistent performance. This could be attributed to the chassis or possibly a recurring theme in his F1 journey.
What We Would Do?
The executive team should understand the inherent challenges of F1. Success is relative to the performance of competing teams. Even with strong efforts, results can be limited.
Achieving success requires patience and trust in the hired professionals. It’s essential to support them and let them leverage their expertise.
Essentially, management should avoid micromanaging and trust their team’s expertise.
Alpine F1 Results – 2023
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Check out our analysis of each team’s 2023 performance.
Return to overall team results – link.