Alonso Backs Alpine Teammate Ocon to be ‘Super Competitive Again’ Amid Poor F1 Form

Published 07/12/2021, 9:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


When this season began, people were surprised to see Esteban Ocon outperform his much more experienced teammate, Fernando Alonso. Unfortunately, the former has dropped his form in terms of performance in recent races. However, Alonso is confident that Ocon will bounce back and redeem himself in the upcoming weekends.

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The two-time world champion thinks that the Frenchman is just having one of those days, comparing him to Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel who are also going through a rough patch this season.

Fernando Alonso is confident that Ocon will find his form again

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Speaking to GrandPrix.News, Alonso said, “I am more happy and comfortable now. But I don’t know if it has coincided with him (Ocon) being more uncomfortable or it is a natural progression for everyone.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout

“You have to remember that it is Tsunoda’s first year, Ricciardo comes and goes in terms of performance, then there’s Vettel. I don’t know what is happening with Esteban either, but I’m sure he will be super competitive again soon,” Alonso concluded.

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Ocon left scratching his head after the doubleheader at the Red Bull Ring

The 24-year-old didn’t have the best of weekends in Austria, as he finished in seventh place in both the races. However, he seems to be optimistic for the British Grand Prix and aims to bounce back and bag some crucial points for the Enstone-based team.

Ocon said, “This week I am meeting with the team to assess how many parts we can change before we get back on track.”

Talking about the possibility, he said, “The more we can change, the better. Because then there will be less doubts. It is unacceptable to be a second slower than Alonso on such a small track.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“There is definitely something that did not work properly and we have to understand it,” he concluded.

With the tenth round of the championship just a few days, can Ocon find his groove and prove to Alonso that he is capable of bouncing back in the competitive sport of Formula One? Let us know your predictions for the French driver as he prepares to race at Silverstone.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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