In the round-up: Pierre Gasly believes Alpine did not reach its potential during the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Gasly: Alpine had “not everything clicked together” for Bahrain
Gasly qualified last at Bahrain, while team mate Esteban Ocon made it to Q3 and started ninth on the grid. However their fortunes switched during the race, as Gasly charged up to ninth while Ocon retired following several penalties and errors by driver and team.
Nonetheless the team’s new driver believes “there’s so much more to come from myself and from the team as we have not reached 100% yet.”
“That is why we also left Bahrain with some disappointment as not everything clicked together and it’s important we piece everything together to make sure we extract the maximum performance,” said Gasly.
Williams announce another new top-level signing
Two months after announcing their new team principal, Williams have followed up with the signing of a new chief operating officer.
Williams parted ways with their previous leadership team, fronted by Jost Capito, in December 2022 and then signed James Vowles to replace him as team principal but had a wait between Vowles leaving his previous employer Mercedes and starting his new role.
They have now filled the chief operating officer position too, as Capito was previously CEO, but will have to wait until April for new signing Frederic Brousseau to actually join the team.
Brousseau has spent 26 years working in the aerospace industry and primarily been based in North America in roles overseeing factory operations.
“We are very excited to bring Frederic on board as an energetic and experienced leader who can help with the transformation of Williams Racing,” said the team’s board chairman Matthew Savage.
“He began his career working on the shop floor, and his most recent role saw him looking after worldwide aerospace operations, including running multiple worldwide manufacturing sites and an operation with more than 10,000 employees. I expect him to contribute significantly to our journey at Williams.”
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