Ocon Credits His ‘Shock Duo’ With Alonso for Maiden Alpine F1 Win at Hungarian GP

Published 08/01/2021, 12:33 PM EDT
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


Esteban Ocon, the French lad who received a lifeline in F1 through Renault last season, raced to the first-ever Grand Prix victory of his career at Hungarian GP. He gave his everything throughout the race to secure that much-needed P1 for himself and the newborn Alpine F1 team.

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What’s interesting is that apart from his incredible defense against a much pacier Sebastian Vettel, his Alpine teammate, Fernando Alonso’s fight against Lewis Hamilton played a massive role in assuring Ocon of the race win.

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

Hence, citing his immense contribution to the win, Ocon credited the two-time world champion for his efforts to keep Hamilton at bay during the latter part of the race.

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Congrats to Fernando as well, because I think the win is also.. thanks to him, with the fights that he did. So, yeah, I mean, it’s teamwork and all of that. And it’s been a fantastic day,” the race winner said in the post-race interview on the parc ferme.

It’s been awesome to work with Fernando. I mean, since the beginning of the year, we are forming a real shock duo, I would say. We are working together, wee are pushing the team, you know, to try and improve and get closer to the pack in front.

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How Fernando Alonso played a hefty role in Esteban Ocon winning the Hungarian GP

It definitely wasn’t an easy race for Ocon, considering he had Sebastian Vettel in his rear-view mirrors from the start until the very end of the race.

Hence, a huge chunk of credit goes to him, but his Alpine teammate, Fernando Alonso, too played an enormous role in handing Ocon the race win.

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A Lewis Hamilton victory was written all over the race, as he was running on a much fresher set of medium tires as opposed to others’ much older hard tires. However, his hopes diminished when he ended up behind Alonso on lap 57.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action REUTERS/David W Cerny

The Spaniard, despite the massive pace disadvantage, defended incredibly well against Hamilton until lap 65, which was enough to keep the seven-time world champion away from the top 2.

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Overall, Alpine carry home an impressive 35 points, which consequently pushes the French outfit up to P5 from P7. Hence, can Alpine showcase a similar kind of weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix next month to take their fight to McLaren and Ferrari? Only time will tell.

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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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