Pierre Gasly has been left impressed by how Alpine welcomed him into the team following his first test with the squad.
The Frenchman joins the outfit on a multi-year deal from 2023 onwards, having previously raced solely under the Red Bull stable for his prior F1 career.
Gasly was given his first experience with Alpine at the post-season test day in Abu Dhabi and admitted that the experience had been more than positive.
When asked whether the test had confirmed his hopes, Gasly told media, including RacingNews365.com: "I think it's been even better [than I had anticipated]."
Gasly explains positive impression of Alpine
Having raced for AlphaTauri since 2017 – as well as a brief spell at the main Red Bull team in 2019 – Gasly was given his first taste of an entirely new environment at the test.
"I've been in a single environment for the past five years," he explained.
"So far, from what I've seen, there's massive experience in this team, from top engineers inside the engineering office but also inside the garage.
"The way they're working [is impressive]. I haven't seen everything yet – I still need to go to Enstone and see all the tools and facilities they have – but I've been very impressed with their way of approaching this first day."
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Alpine have 'welcomed' Gasly
Gasly also feels positive about the way in which he was welcomed into the team.
"Also the way they welcomed me – it's never easy when you've got someone new coming in," the one-time race winner said.
"We were still racing two days ago with our respective teams and drivers, so it goes pretty quick.
"But they've been very welcoming in the best possible way, and so far [there have been] only positive signs. It's really promising for the future, and and [it] also gets me very excited before [I] go on holidays, so I'm pleased with that."
Gasly will be partnered with new teammate Esteban Ocon at Alpine, while Nyck de Vries fills his vacant seat at AlphaTauri to join Yuki Tsunoda at the Red Bull sister team.
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