Ocon feels he and Alpine ‘can’t catch a break’

Date published: July 4 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Esteban Ocon, Alpine

Esteban Ocon feels like he can’t catch a break after his Austrian Grand Prix was brought to an end on the first lap.

The Frenchman headed into the second race at the Red Bull Ring on the back of a poor run of form, with him failing to score points in the three rounds prior to it.

Things didn’t get any better at the Austrian Grand Prix, with him being forced to retire after the first lap as he was hit by the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi at the start.

Discussing his thoughts afterwards, he said that he feels he and Alpine aren’t having much luck at the moment.

“There wasn’t much I could have done as I was sandwiched between Mick [Schumacher] and Antonio at Turn 3 in a racing incident,” he said.

“It’s one of those things and a consequence of starting the race at the back. There’s always a chance for fights and contact and it’s easier to be caught up in trouble there.

“The team and I can’t seem to catch a break at the moment. We’ll reset, restart from zero and prepare for Silverstone. The only way we can go is forwards.”

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Things weren’t going well for Ocon in Austria prior to the incident either.

In qualifying, he was knocked out in Q1, and the same thing happened the previous weekend with him finishing that race in P14, five places down on team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was much quicker than him throughout the two weeks.

He’s keen to just forget about what happened now and move on, but does think that the struggles will make him and the team stronger going forward.

“The whole two weeks in Austria haven’t been fun, for sure,” he said.

“They’ve been painful at times, difficult, but I think we need to restart and refresh for Silverstone, reset and prepare in the best way we can. Yeah, let’s forget this weekend and have a good start in Silverstone.

“We have to turn the page and not think about this weekend because anything we did didn’t seem to really help on the issue we had and obviously that – starting further back – has some consequences.

“So yeah, it hasn’t been two smooth weekends but we’ll come out of it stronger together as a team.”

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