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Gasly given 'hope' over Alpine's place in pecking order

It is still early days for Pierre Gasly and Alpine, but the Frenchman has so far been impressed by the "potential" of the team going forwards.

Pierre Gasly has "hope" from what he has seen so far at Alpine that they can move even closer towards challenging the top three teams. The Frenchman will make his debut for the squad in the 2023 season, having previously spent the entirety of his F1 career as part of the Red Bull fold. While Gasly acknowledges that he can use his prior experience at his new team, he feels that it has to be done in the correct way. "As a driver, I think it's important on my side to use the experience and use it in a productive way," Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.com , during the opening day of pre-season testing in Bahrain. "But then there's a certain way of passing the message across. So obviously I will not say, 'Okay, from what I've seen or what I've heard or what I've had before, this was better' or whatever, but just share in terms of processes, in terms of communications. "When I see or feel there is potential to do better, then just sharing our conversations on how we can do things differently. "Sometimes it's the other way around, like they are doing things in a much better way than I used to in the past in certain areas. For me, it's good to ask questions to understand why, and then seeing the positive from it."

Gasly: Alpine have potential to do even more

With this in mind, Gasly has been impressed so far by his experience at Alpine and consequently feels confident about what else they can achieve. "So far, I must say, I have been very impressed with the team, in terms of infrastructure, facilities, human resources, the technical staff, a lot of people who [are] experienced in the team," the one-time race winner said. "It just shows how much potential there is to unlock. For me, there is no surprise why they had a very good season last year, even considering the DNFs and the points they lost. "But it definitely gives me hope that there is potential to do even more and get closer to the top three, so that's really promising."

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