Alpine officially appointed Bruno Famin as their F1 team principal for the whole 2024 season. In 2022, Famin was selected to supervise Alpine's engine section. In late 2023, after a management shake-up that included Otmar Szafnauer's resignation, he took on the interim work of team principal. A comprehensive evaluation was carried out by Famin in the latter half of 2023, and his appointment was formally announced during the launch of Alpine's new F1 car at their Enstone base.
This confirms Famin's position and puts an end to the rumour that former Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto may return to Formula One with Alpine, a rumour that surfaced at different intervals last year. The previous season saw Alpine fall from fourth to sixth place in the constructors' standings, which led Famin to assume the pivotal role of restoring the Renault-supported 'Team Enstone' to its mid-2000s heyday days.
Bruno Famin said: "We need to continue to improve the team to take it to the next level. We all know that progress is never linear. That’s why we will not declare any numerical targets. We are focusing on ourselves and the improvement across the many different areas, to enable us to demonstrate greater competitiveness. It’s going to be a fierce battle on-track, and off it in the development race in the factories, and we intend to be part of that close competition.”
Even though Alpine finished sixth in the constructors' championship last season, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon both managed to secure a podium for their team. After a complete redesign of their car, Alpine is not committing to any particular goals for the 2024 Formula One season, according to Bruno Famin.
2024 F1: Alpine A534
While competing with Aston Martin and McLaren last year, Alpine's 2024 model, the A524, made a strong design statement. The new model is completely re-engineered from the ground up in an effort to make it far more competitive, even if it looks identical to its predecessor from last year at first look. A revised sidepod arrangement and rear suspension are made possible by the redesigned chassis and the planned reduction in weight.
In line with Harman's remarks, the decision to shift some radiator locations higher up into the car, suggests an intentional change for improved heat transfer.
The squad has developed strategies to minimise the power loss that the Renault power unit is likely to incur in comparison to its rivals, all in an effort to maintain its competitiveness in the forthcoming season.