Esteban Ocon Hails Great Friendship With Alpine F1 Teammate Fernando Alonso

Published 12/31/2021, 7:40 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon celebrates with teammate Fernando Alonso after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


When the F1 teams revealed their line-ups for the 2021 season, the entire focus was residing on two teams; McLaren and Ferrari. The former, in specific, had two of the most charismatic drivers as teammates – Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. But, in reality, there arrived a twist. It was neither that caught the attention and instead it was the Alpine duo.

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Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, two drivers of completely different generations, somehow managed to build a strong rapport in a span of one season. And of course, the weight of their relationship became quite evident when Alonso walked to the parc ferme to hug Ocon after the latter won his debut F1 race at the Hungarian GP.

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Hence, the Frenchman acknowledged that teaming up with Alonso was one of the best things that happened to him in the year 2021.

What did the Alpine driver say?

As reported by Soy Motor, Ocon opened up about his friendship with the 2-time world champion and further called it a privilege to race alongside him.

Soccer Football – The Ballon d’Or Awards – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France – November 29, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon during the awards REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

It has been a season full of emotions. I have discovered a great person and friend. Running with Fernando has been a privilege. The Plan is unfolded,” he said. “Congratulations with our victory in Hungary and with Fernando’s podium in Qatar. Plus fifth place in Spain and sixth in the Portuguese standings.”

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Ocon looking forward to the 2022 F1 season

Ocon revealed that the painful moments, like in Saudi Arabia, managed to make the entire stronger than ever, as he looks forward to what could be a stronger 2022 season.

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We were faced with frustration over losing the podium in Saudi Arabia. Sadness at times as we looked for how to get back in shape. We overcame all these emotions together and reflecting on we had our strongest moment of 2021,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

Thanks to each member of the Alpine team for making me feel at home every time I get in the car. It is only the beginning of our story. We are going to build our future!

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Overall, a positive end to the 2021 season, claiming double points finish in Abu Dhabi. Hence, can Alpine carry the highly positive trend into the impending 2022 season as well?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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