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New for Ocon and Gasly

Three days before the Miami Grand Prix, the French team Alpine, in great difficulty this season, announced the arrival of a new executive technical director, David Sanchez, who has just left McLaren.

A month ago to the day, David Sanchez left McLaren, after a few months as technical director. This Thursday, the 44-year-old engineer found work again, here he is, executive technical director at Alpine. A return home for the Héraultais, who began his career in 2005 and 2006 as an aerodynamicist at Renault, at the time when the team dominated its rivals. He then joined McLaren from 2007 to 2012, still in the field of aerodynamics, before signing with Ferrari, where he remained from 2012 to 2023, as aerodynamic engineer then chief engineer in charge of design and development. . Returning to McLaren at the start of this season, he left at the start of April because “it became apparent that the role, responsibilities and ambitions associated with David’s position were not consistent with expectations at the time he decided to join us in 2023,” according to British team boss Andrea Stella.

Sanchez will have a lot of work…

Within Alpine, currently penultimate in the constructors’ standings with zero points scored in five Grands Prix by Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, David Sanchez “will supervise Enstone’s technical department and will have general responsibility for Performance, Engineering and Team aerodynamics,” the team statement said. “I am excited about this challenge at Alpine. I can’t wait to work again at Enstone, where I started my career in Formula 1, said the engineer. This team has always been able to count on the involvement of fantastic people and there is so much potential to be unleashed. An immense task awaits us to improve performance on the track and this type of challenge motivates me. I am fully ready to get started and I am impatient to reunite with the technical teams at Enstone-Viry with one goal, that of bringing regular success to this great team. »

Finally points in Miami?

“This is a key appointment to ensure we optimize everything we do as a team and focus on the right areas of performance,” reacted Bruno Famin, the boss of the stable. It is obvious that the car’s performance and development trajectory have not evolved at a sufficient pace in relation to our collective ambitions. We look forward to welcoming David and working hard together to achieve ultimate success. » From this weekend, the French team will have a great challenge to take on, in Miami, with a sprint race on Saturday and the Grand Prix on Sunday. Twice as likely to score, finally, a few points…

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