Otmar Szafnauer, team principal of Alpine, has claimed that he has faith in Esteban Ocon and Alpine’s 2023 recruit Pierre Gasly. He is confident that their feuds in the past will not affect their relationship when they become teammates at Alpine in 2023.
Alpine recruited Pierre Gasly for the 2023 season from Alpha Tauri. This was done to fill up the vacant seat left behind by Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard decided to move to Aston Martin.
2023 will feature an entirely french lineup for the French team of Alpine. Both drivers have pretty similar records in F1 in terms of podiums, wins, or even points.
However, the only problem that will bug Alpine is that the duo has a major feud that roots back to their karting days. The falling out was never solved and it kept getting worse as they moved up the ranks and set foot into the pinnacle of Motorsports.
The French duo has promised to put their feud behind them when they become teammates and work together. They have promised that they will do anything that is required to help Alpine make a push toward the championship title.
Otmar Szafnauer has had a word with Esteban Ocon about Pierre Gasly
Otmar Szafnauer believes the two drivers as of now. He spoke to the media and said, “Hopefully, what they say is true, and I believe it is.”
“I’ve talked to both of them, and they both say the same thing,” he continued.
He explained that he had extensively talked with Esteban Ocon before taking Pierre Gasly into the team. He had asked if Ocon saw this as an opportunity to fix their broken friendship.
Esteban Ocon replied on a positive note and said that nothing is impossible. Therefore, Szafnauer believes there won’t be a problem between the two drivers when they work together.
Esteban Ocon doesn’t have a good reputation as a teammate. He had created quite a mess with his teammate Sergio Perez in 2017 and 2018. In 2022, he also ran into problems with Fernando Alonso.
However, Otmar Szafnauer believes that Esteban Ocon has learned from all his mistakes and has matured through the years. Szafnauer believes in Ocon and hopes that his faith will be paid back in 2023