French Grand Prix: Alpine Duo Fernando Alonso & Esteban Ocon Hoping for a ‘Spectacular’ Home F1 Race

Published 06/15/2021, 1:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


Fernando Alonso has turned a corner in his 2021 season. He finished 6th in an eventful Azerbaijan Grand Prix and pulled off some amazing overtaking moves. In the season’s start, the 2-time world champion was struggling to settle into the sport after a hiatus of two years.

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Initially, Alonso could not challenge his young teammate Esteban Ocon in the races. But at Baku, the Spaniard was a dominant force as he out-qualified and outraced the Frenchman.

Just like Alonso, Alpine have also been inconsistent in the first 6 races. They have been at the tail end of the top 10 and have yet to show their true pace in this season. Alpine will look forward to their home race next weekend at Paul Ricard.

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Any mistakes will be less serious at Paul Ricard: Fernando Alonso

According to formulapassion. it, both the Alpine drivers, Alonso and Ocon, are looking forward to racing at their home Grand Prix. Alonso had previously mentioned that this is where his season begins.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – March 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 Team looks on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021, in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

On his return to Paul Ricard, Alonso said, “I always like to race in France. I’ve had some good results in Formula 1 and other motorsport categories in this country, but the Paul Ricard circuit is actually a track that I don’t know so well as I have only raced here once in Formula 1.” 

When asked about Paul Ricard as a circuit he said,” The circuit has quite a some high-speed sections and Turn 10 will be fun in these modern Formula 1 cars. There are plenty of escape routes around the circuit, meaning any mistakes will be less serious, as they are less likely to be punished by barriers.”

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – March 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 Team looks on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021, in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Can Alonso and Ocon lead Alpine to a memorable home race?

Just like Fernando Alonso, his teammate homeboy Esteban Ocon also expressed his excitement, racing at his home race,”It seems so long ago that I lined up for my home Grand Prix in France, I’m ready and looking forward to racing this weekend.  Obviously, I wasn’t there in 2019 and there wasn’t a French Grand Prix last year, so I definitely have extra motivation and energy for this race.”

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Alpine will look to lead the midfield pack as the characteristics of the circuit suits their car. Can Alonso continue his form from Baku to France? Comment below to let us know.

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