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Esteban Ocon recognised the important part played by his Alpine team-mate Fernando Alonso straight after clinching a remarkable Hungarian Grand Prix victory.
Fernando Alonso said Alpine were unsure how well they would fare in Hungary, so getting both cars into Q3 was a good result.
Back in the points at Silverstone after receiving a new chassis, Esteban Ocon could feel the difference “straight away”.
While Esteban Ocon is unsure about Alpine’s pace, he feels their fighting spirit can see them prevail in the battle for P5 in the standings.
Esteban Ocon thinks Alpine have resolved his performance problems with the new chassis he was given for the British Grand Prix.
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has offered a less than glowing assessment of Esteban Ocon’s potential, saying he “might not be guaranteed world champion material”.
Fernando Alonso is treating sprint qualifying as the first stint of the British Grand Prix before an overnight break.
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.
Marcin Budkowski says Esteban Ocon’s recent struggles should not be put down to any lack of hard work on the driver’s part off the track.
Esteban Ocon has said his “motivation has not changed” despite a slump in form after signing a three-year contract extension with Alpine.
Esteban Ocon says the gap between him and Fernando Alonso has been “too big,” but is struggling to understand the reason for it.
Esteban Ocon feels like he can’t catch a break after his Austrian Grand Prix was brought to an end on the first lap.
Alpine driver Esteban Ocon was knocked out in Q1 for the second consecutive race in Austria – and is at a loss as to how that happened.
Esteban Ocon was mystified as to why he could not muster the pace to even advance to Q2 at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso has been encouraged by Alpine’s pace on Friday practice in Styria, saying that getting both cars into Q3 is “achievable” on Saturday.
It was a day of contrasting fortunes at Alpine, as Fernando Alonso said his car “came alive” after his pit stop, while team-mate Esteban Ocon struggled at his home race.
Fernando Alonso said Alpine’s slower speed in qualifying compared to practice has led the team to investigate their inconsistency.
Alpine has made it clear there are no exit clauses in Esteban Ocon’s new contract that allows him to leave for Mercedes.
Fernando Alonso said he and his Alpine team were “questioning” where their turn of pace in Azerbaijan came from, but their overall progress bodes well for the rest of the season.
Esteban Ocon says a weight has been taken off his shoulders now that he has signed a new long-term contract with Alpine.
Alpine have announced Esteban Ocon has signed a new three-year deal with the team, confirming he’ll stay until the end of 2024 at the least.
Esteban Ocon believes the high number of crashes across the Azerbaijan GP weekend can be attributed to the brake-dependent cars.
Esteban Ocon said he cannot “catch a break here” after a boost pressure loss made him an early retiree at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon will attempt to avoid what he feels will be “a mess” once the lights go out at the Azerbaijan GP.
Fernando Alonso sees plenty of “potential” in the Alpine A521 which he will look to unlock overnight before qualifying for the Azerbaijan GP.
He may not have had the best of times there in the past, but Esteban Ocon says he’s looking forward to returning to Baku.
Esteban Ocon will look to keep his mind free to focus on driving by handing Alpine contract talks over to his management team.
Esteban Ocon has spoken of the positive impact that his new race and performance engineers have had on him this season.
Fernando Alonso praised Alpine’s choice of strategy – even though his Monaco Grand Prix had been “more or less over” on Saturday.
Fernando Alonso said Alpine simply “didn’t deliver” due to a lack of pace that led to his Q1 exit at the Monaco Grand Prix.