Alonso’s change was introduced on the Monday after the Hungarian GP whereas Alpine nonetheless believed it was in negotiations to increase his contract.
Szafnauer first discovered in regards to the transfer from the Aston Martin press launch, relatively than from the motive force himself.
Nonetheless, regardless of the apparent tensions that such a situation might create, Szafnauer insists that the 2 events will proceed to work collectively effectively.
“I’ve completely no worries about the remainder of the season,” he stated. “Our targets are fairly clear. We need to end at the least fourth within the constructors’ championship. I feel third is a step too far.
“Fernando realises that too. He is an expert. He is a competitor. As soon as he places that helmet on, you recognize in addition to I do, he desires to do the very best he can, if not win.
“And there may be nothing else that goes by way of his thoughts when he is within the racing automotive other than ending as excessive as he can in that race, and within the championship.
“And he nonetheless has that drive. It is what he is right here to do. And I am the identical.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Pictures
Szafnauer insists that the A522 can turn out to be much more aggressive because the season goes on.
“I do need to do completely the very best we are able to. And particularly this 12 months, our upgrades are nonetheless coming very quick. We’ll have one other improve in Spa, and can proceed to improve the automotive till the tip of the 12 months. And Fernando understands that too.
“And he’ll work laborious as will Esteban [Ocon] to maximise the efficiency of the staff. I’ve little question about that.”
Requested how Alonso will fare at Aston Martin – working for Lawrence Stroll and as staff mate to the staff proprietor’s son Lance – Szafnauer stated it was too early to foretell.
“He is a terrific, nice driver, among the many greatest I’ve labored with,” he stated. “He nonetheless is competing at a really excessive stage. He is nonetheless quick, and in difficult situations, which actually present the motive force’s talent, he’s even higher. And we noticed that this 12 months. If that continues for an additional three years, nice for Aston and Fernando.
“I do not know when that may wane, however from a working relationship, I do not know, I can not predict as a result of there are such a lot of elements that you must think about to have the ability to predict how that is going to play out. However let’s have a look at what occurs.”