Esteban Ocon Raves About Alpine’s Secret Strength Amidst Intense Midfield F1 Battle

Published 07/29/2021, 10:31 AM EDT
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


Alpine are in the battle for fifth in the constructors’ championship with Aston Martin and AlphaTauri. The French outfit are currently seventh with 40 points, eight and nine points behind AlphaTauri and Aston Martin, respectively. However, their driver Esteban Ocon believes the team have what they need to finish in fifth ahead of their rivals.

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Although the team have shifted their focus to developing the 2022 car, the French outfit would very much like to finish as high as possible. Ocon believes they finally have a competitive enough car to fight for points more frequently.

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Our strength is going to be probably our fighting spirit: Esteban Ocon

As reported by Motorsport, the Frenchman believes not being able to fight for points more constantly has made the team more resolute and stronger.

I think our strength is going to be probably our fighting spirit, because we are not always the fastest of that group,” Ocon acknowledged.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

AlphaTauri have been a little faster than we were. Aston Martin are also quite fast and giving us a hard time in most places. But we are going to fight them until the end.

“And it’s going to be only the one that scores consistently throughout the year, little points by little points, who are going to finish in that fifth position. There’s still a long way to go. So we’re ready to fight,” said the Frenchman.

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The Alpine driver is looking forward to racing in Hungary this weekend

Claiming Hungaroring to be one of his favourite circuits on the calendar, Ocon stated that he is excited to race in Budapest again.

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“It’s one track that I really enjoy.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“There’s a lot of combination of corners. Tyres are going to be quite important to get right. And yeah, tyre usage, good confidence in the car, all of this is gonna be mega important.

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“So hopefully we can get the maximum out of it there as well and get some more points,” said Ocon.

With slow and steady growth, Alpine look strong heading into Hungary. Can Alpine and Ocon have a strong showing in Budapest? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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