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Alpine F1 Team Grapples with Early Season Struggles: A Candid Assessment from Within

Despite their status as a factory team, Alpine has encountered a slew of challenges....

The Alpine F1 Team finds itself grappling with an arduous start to the 2024 season, as revealed by their junior driver, Jack Doohan, in a recent episode of the F1 Nation Podcast. Despite their status as a factory team, Alpine has encountered a slew of challenges, with their car struggling to make significant strides on the grid.

Reflecting on the prevailing mood within the Alpine camp, Doohan acknowledged the team’s realistic outlook on their predicament. “Honestly, we were expecting this,” he conceded. “Good or bad, we knew it wasn’t going to be great.” Such candid admission underscores the team’s preparedness for the hurdles they face, demonstrating a willingness to confront the harsh realities of their situation head-on.

The lackluster performance of the A524, Alpine’s latest contender, has compounded their woes, failing to deliver the desired improvements over its predecessor from the 2023 season. As other teams make strides forward, Alpine finds itself grappling with the stark reality of fighting for positions at the rear of the grid, a far cry from their aspirations for podium contention.

However, amidst the disappointment and adversity, Doohan remains resolute in his call for perseverance.

“We have to keep fighting,” he asserted. “We know we have upgrades on the way. Everyone’s working very well.”

The opening rounds of the 2024 season have seen Alpine’s struggles laid bare, with underwhelming finishes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia further exacerbating their challenges. Despite Pierre Gasly’s premature exit due to gearbox issues and Esteban Ocon’s modest thirteenth-place finish in Saudi Arabia, Doohan remains steadfast in his search for silver linings.

“We want to be in the points,” he conceded, “but we finished P13 today, which is not too bad of a result.”

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