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Bruno Famin: Alpine facing 'difficult challenge' in F1

Team principal Bruno Famin admits Alpine finds itself in a precarious situation in Formula 1, but he is still optimistic about turning things around.

Despite their current struggles, Famin remains resolute in Alpine's long-term commitment to the sport.

Alpine's A524 contender has found itself far from competitive, languishing towards the rear of the grid without securing a single championship point so far in 2024. 

The team's aspirations of podium finishes and victories have been replaced by the harsh reality of battling to climb from the bottom of the standings.

Despite these on-track challenges, Famin reaffirmed Alpine's steadfast dedication to Formula 1, firmly stating that the team is not up for sale. The focus remains on the long-term vision, even as immediate success seems elusive.

Alpine's immediate future hinges on its ability to find effective solutions and translate promising strategies into tangible results on the track. 

Famin highlighted the team's resolve by drawing inspiration from Renault's past, citing their journey from initial setbacks to becoming a formidable force in Grand Prix racing.

"We have a real project with Alpine," the Frenchman told Formula1.com.

"We have the project to develop the Alpine brand awareness globally through motorsport and Formula 1 in particular.

"We have the full support of the top management. The team is absolutely not for sale. We will keep pushing to reach our goals.

"It's not a fun period. We are not where we want to be in terms of performance, we are not doing the project to be P15 or P16.

"We want to be ahead, we want to develop the performance of the car - and we want to fight for podiums and for victories as soon as possible.

"It's a very difficult challenge - we owe a lot of respect to our competitors. To fight ahead, we have to raise the bar, raise our level, we need to improve.

"In the history our team, previously branded Renault - at the start of the project in the 1970s, everyone was laughing at us - and we were strong in those moments.

"We want to use those difficult moments now. We know everyone has ups and downs. We are in a down - but we will use the opportunity to be stronger very soon and for sure make the necessary changes within the team to reach our goals."

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