Pierre Gasly says Alpine must use the summer break to “process” the major changes that were made at the Formula 1 team in recent weeks.

During the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Alpine announced that Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer and Sporting Director Alan Permane would leave the team after the event.

In addition, it was announced that Pat Fry would leave and take on the Chief Technical Officer position at Williams, starting in September.

The changes came just a handful of weeks after Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi was replaced by Phillipe Krief.

Gasly, who joined Alpine at the start of the 2023 campaign, suggested the situation for him as a newcomer has been far from ideal.

“Personally I’ve got to focus on what I do on the track and try to bring the best I can from every single session,” Gasly said. 

“That’s what I’ve been focussing on, obviously everyone is disappointed with the start of the year, we didn’t perform straight from the start as well as we should have. 

“There hasn’t been the progress that we all would have liked. Obviously, I’ve just joined six months ago, I don’t know what the past history. 

“It’s quite a lot of changes just for me coming in the team and relying on new people and then all these changes. 

“Everybody needs to sit down and process what’s happened and just refresh and start fresh in Zandvoort.”

Aside from the managerial changes at the team, Alpine’s weekend was somewhat positive, with Gasly ending the F1 Sprint on Saturday in third place.

Although it was not officially listed as a podium result, Gasly says he was pleased to secure a highlight result before his bosses left their roles.

“I think everything’s quite fresh so we’ll sit down in the summer and go over all of that,” he said. 

“We try to just stay focussed on the job we do this weekend and I’m glad we managed to get a trophy even if it’s a small one. 

“Glad we managed to get a trophy yesterday for the last weekend of Alan and Otmar and Pat. At least it makes some positive memories.”

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