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Alpine Reveal a Completely Redesigned Challenger for the 2024 F1 Season

The “aggressive” revamp involves reworked aerodynamics, rear suspension, and cooling package. ...

While punters were upset about Alpine’s lacklustre livery, they may be surprised that the actual car, the A524, is completely different from last year’s challenger. Alpine desperately need to lift themselves out of their seemingly perpetual mediocrity, and like Mercedes, they’ve started from the beginning.

The “aggressive” revamp involves reworked aerodynamics, rear suspension, and cooling package. All of this has been created with the hope that it will open up further development paths in the future.

However, the risk with a complete redesign is that the team may be languishing at the start of the season as they begin to understand how the car works.

“It is a possible scenario,” Esteban Ocon told Motorsport.

“We have a new concept, the car is totally new, and when you do that you normally take a step back. I don’t say that this is the case, because we haven’t put the car down yet. But the plan is to improve it through the year and get more progress, the more that we go through the laps.

“It’s going to be crucial to get a good feedback straight away, to know where we have to improve, to see if the concept choices that we took are the right ones. It’s not necessarily that crucial where we start, but it’s going to be where we are mid-season.”

Pierre Gasly echoed his teammates comments but acknowledged that you have to take some risks for a larger reward.

“As Matt said, the only thing that remains from last year is the steering wheel. So when you start from a blank piece of paper, from scratch basically, there’s always more risk,” Gasly explained.

“But then, you’ve got to take risk at some point if you want to get bigger rewards, so that’s the strategy we decided to go for.

“We didn’t try the car yet, we’ve got to wait for Bahrain and get a first feel with it. But we know there is potential to unlock, we just might need to be a little bit patient.”

This rework has been inspired by the incredible success of McLaren and Aston Martin in 2023. The former managed to turn things around mid-way through the season via a dramatic car concept shift, while the latter had managed to improve dramatically between seasons over the winter break. These teams have given Gasly hope that the same can happen for Alpine

“I think definitely it shows in F1 it’s possible to have a big comeback through a season,” he added. “Obviously, it depends from which sort of performance you start the year, so I’m definitely hopeful.

“I can see the mentality in the team. I can see the spirit, I can see the recruitment. I see where we’re heading as a race team. We are making the right steps.

“Obviously, it’s not that straightforward in F1 when you come with a completely new concept, it might not provide all the rewards you expect from the beginning.

“You’ve just got to be open-minded about it. But looking at the others, we get inspired by what they’re doing. There are definitely a couple of stories from last season, which definitely brings hope and motivation to the entire team.”

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