Alonso is Happy to Welcome Szafnauer to Alpine
Alonso is Happy to Welcome Szafnauer to Alpine – New Alpine Team Leader Otmar Szafnauer has beaten two-time champion, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard praised the impact of the former Aston Martin boss. The French marque made a number of high-profile management changes over the winter break. Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi recruited Szafnauer from Aston Martin while promoting Pat Fry to Chief Technical Officer and Matt Harman to Technical Director. In Bahrain, Alonso commented on the impact of new Team Head Szafnauer on team motivation.
He says. Yes, I spoke to him at the factory, on the simulator day I had before Bahrain, and yes, he liked it. And he worked hard. He has a lot of experience too, and yes, he brings a lot of motivation to all of us. So this is a great addition to the team. We have high hopes that he will help us to grow quickly, and yes, we are happy to have him.
The Spaniard added that he fully agrees with Alpine and Renault’s aspirations to make the F1 squad a championship-winning team again in the short to medium term. Alonso of course, won two F1 titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006. We thought we could have a chance. Maybe with the new regulations starting this year, that is in a short/medium term program. Alpine must be able to fight for the title. That’s why we are here and why we work so hard. There’s a budget limit, there’s everything that goes into Formula 1, and I think there’s a possibility for everyone and that’s why Alpine and Groupe Renault, in general, are here.
He is enthusiastic about his new team
Szafnauer also praised Alonso, the new head of Alpine said on Friday. He’s world doubles champion, you know, and he’s still as hungry as ever. Want to do really well, push the team, and is a very competitive individual, so I look forward to working with him. And the Alpine Team Principal is also very enthusiastic about the potential shown by his new team.
Yes, the great potential, like-minded people pulling in the same direction, wanting to do well. They have a great history there, they have won before, and the infrastructure is good, so I look forward to working with all of them.”