Alonso continues to do “absolutely the same thing” in Alpine
Alpine achieved the best joint result of the season in Belgium and it is already 20 points which separate it from McLaren in the constructors’ classification in the fight for fourth place, the first of the others. Alonso finished fifth, despite the scare with Hamilton; and Ocon, seventh. Otmar Szafnauer breathes after a few complicated weeks of “reading communications”, coinciding with the departure of the Asturian for the factory of Aston Martin and Piastri. At least the A521 is competitive. “Spa was one of the circuits that we hoped to do well for our car, but we are quite competitive on circuits that theoretically were not in our favour. We are competitive on almost all circuits,” RESUME.
“Very good result. Esteban started 16th and finished seventh, a great result and some double overtakes. It’s good for the rest of the season. Fernando had an incident with Lewis on the first lap but luckily it didn’t damage his car. Fifth place is the best I could do, I was sixth before Leclerc’s penalty. We were a little faster than Mercedes over one lap, but in the race they were faster than us,” said the Alpine boss about the weekend in Belgium. Regarding the clash of Fernando: “Lewis (Hamilton) he did well to admit it, it seemed to me his mistake. The FIA and stewards said they would be cautious in the early laps. Lewis didn’t leave space, he made a mistake, which is something unusual. Alonso’s car “had damage, but nothing structural”.
Szafnauer assures that Alonso’s involvement in the team hasn’t changed, even if he leaves for another team at the end of the season: “He does the exact same thing. We had the debrief a while ago and he keeps saying where the car is doing well, what we can improve, what we need to do for the next race. We haven’t even started talking about next year’s car yet. Fernando is fully committed, all he can. There is no difference”.
Ocon pressure at end of stroke
Through the garage Ocon ended up slightly annoyed that he wasn’t allowed to put pressure on Alonso in the final laps. He had a considerable advantage over the Spaniard’s tyres, but there were more risks than advantages for Alpine. “Swapping positions or letting them battle it out didn’t make sense back then because you’re not going to get any more points and you might lose some. I am always in favor of freedom for pilots to compete, that’s what the fans want to see, but when you get to the final rounds and there’s nothing to gain from a team perspective, It’s the smartest thing.” closed Szafnauer. Esteban himself slipped that he could have “finished one or two places later” with an Alpine which “flew”.
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