‘Extensive changes’ including new chassis for Ocon

Date published: July 14 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Esteban Ocon, Alpine

After struggling in recent races, Esteban Ocon is going to have a new chassis, along with other changes to his car, for the British GP.

Few drivers had a poorer triple-header than the Frenchman, with him failing to score a single point in any of the three races.

Throughout the period, he spoke of having some issues with his machinery that his Alpine team were struggling to get to the bottom of.

They have still yet to do so, and so are making a number of changes to the car for the race at Silverstone in the hopes of fixing things and getting him back to his early-season level.

“Esteban had two difficult races in Austria and we’re still investigating whether there are any technical reasons behind it,” executive director Marcin Budkowski said.

“To eradicate any doubt, the team has made the decision to make extensive changes to his car for Silverstone, including a new chassis.

“Esteban performed very strongly at the start of the season and qualified the car on the third row of the grid on merit at two races in a row just a few weekends ago, so we are working together to make sure he bounces back, and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to do that.”

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Ocon made an excellent start to the year, out-performing team-mate Fernando Alonso and earning himself a new multi-year contract with some of his best race weekends since returning to the F1 grid in 2020.

He admits that his results haven’t been as good as hoped since then, but is optimistic that, going to a different kind of track to the last three, that will change, and is confident that things are going to start going better for him again.

“The France-Austria triple-header was not as successful as we had hoped,” he said.

“It’s good that we’re heading to a completely different circuit, taking on a new challenge and having a reset.

“The team and I have been working very hard behind the scenes to see what we can do to improve our performance.

“I know we’ll come back to the level we had at the start of the season and the hard work will only continue until we achieve that and even go beyond.”

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