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Pierre Gasly eyes long-term future with Alpine amidst chaotic 2025 driver market

Ahead of the 2024 season, Pierre Gasly has hinted at a prolonged alliance with Alpine amidst contract negotiations in the midst of an impending driver market shake-up.

Gasly, who made the switch from AlphaTauri to Alpine at the start of the 2023 season, is among the drivers whose contracts expire at the end of 2024. The 2025 driver market is poised for significant changes, contrasting with the static scenario in the preceding year, where no team altered its driver line-up.

The French driver, a one-time Grand Prix victor, endured a challenging 2023 with Alpine, securing a solitary podium amid a lacklustre performance that saw the team slip to sixth in the Constructors' standings. Alpine's response has been a bold one, unveiling the A524 machine with a comprehensive redesign, leaving no stone unturned except the steering wheel, as outlined by technical director Matt Harman.

Gasly, eager to compete fiercely against former karting rivals now occupying seats at the forefront of the grid, expressed optimism about the ongoing contract discussions. "There are conversations ongoing, so we will see where it takes us," Gasly remarked, emphasizing his current focus on starting the year strongly and understanding the potential of the new car.

"As a driver, I want to fight at the top of Formula 1," Gasly asserted, revealing his relentless pursuit of excellence to compete with the likes of Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and George Russell.

The discussion extended to the recent headline-grabbing news of Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari. Gasly, considering it a 'now or never' decision, acknowledged the significance of Hamilton's departure from Mercedes, terming it "great for the sport." Reflecting on the departure, Gasly acknowledged the historic collaboration between Hamilton and Mercedes and noted the timing of the move as Hamilton approaches the twilight of his career.

As the motorsport community eagerly anticipates the 2024 season, eyes are on Gasly and Alpine, awaiting their performance with the revamped A524 at the official F1 pre-season testing in Bahrain. 

The Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir will serve as the battleground where teams will showcase their potential from February 23-25, setting the stage for a thrilling year ahead.

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