Alpine Changed 'Everything That Was Possible' As Per Regulation Says Famin

by Adam OndrikSunday, 11 February 2024 at 12:00
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The team principal of Alpine, Bruno Famin, asserted his team changed just about everything on their car in evolution from 2023 to 2024.
Pierre Gasly and the technical director of Alpine, Matt Harman, highlighted major changes on A524 (Alpine's 2024 challenger) by saying that the steering wheel is the only thing that remained the same.
Making significant changes means a higher potential for progress but is also associated with higher risk. However, Burno Famin asserted he does not view his team's move as a gamble. As quoted by, he said:

"No gamble. We worked hard to develop a quite totally new car. Everything that was possible to change as per the regulation, we changed it."

The thing is, Formula 1 will enter new regulations in season 2026, and every single team wants to allocate most of their effort there because new regulations mean the pecking order will most probably be reshuffled.
Everyone will have to start from nothing and build from the ground up again. Consequently, every team will, more or less, sacrifice development for the season 2025 to increase their chances when new regulations come into place in the following year.

"I think we will need a lot of resources to start working on the '26 project quite early in the season, and the 2025 car might be only a mild evolution of the '24 one."

The 2024 is the last, basically the last chance for every single F1 team to make big changes, and that is what most of them did. We have already seen Sauber, RB, and Willams announce very different cars, and we expect to see more. Famin added:

"It was important to make a big step into 2024. We will see how fast is that. There are a lot of new things, and we don't know absolutely where we are going to be on the grid. What will be important is our ability to develop the car during the season."