REVEALED: The Weird Superstition Both Alonso & Ocon Follow Before an F1 Race

Published 08/23/2021, 10:49 AM 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


Track walks before any race weekend in Formula 1 are considered as one of the biggest superstitions among the drivers. Although Alpine drivers, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso share a peculiar pre-race superstition.

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In the video posted on YouTube regarding The Best of Fan Meet Driver, the Alpine duo was asked if they follow any specific routine before the race or believe in any superstitions. The Hungarian GP winner, Esteban Ocon, replied, “Yeah, I jump always on the same [right] side of the car, it’s the thing that I do.”

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When the two-time world champion, Alonso, was asked the same question, he replied, “I jump the left [side of the car].” After which, the Frenchman hilariously mocks his teammate, “I didn’t know. I thought I was the only weird guy here. I didn’t realize you were too!”

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Hungarian GP will not appear again in a long time: Fernando Alonso

Hungarian Grand Prix was arguably one of the best races fans have witnessed in a long time. This race had everything fans would wish a Grand Prix should have – rain, crashes, and a surprise winner.

Given how eventful it was, Fernando Alonso believes races like the Hungarian Grand Prix will not be seen again in years.

“I think it was special circumstances, and those circumstances that occurred in Hungary will not happen as often as we would like,” said Fernando Alonso.

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“But hey, the opportunity was seized, the team won in Budapest. I think for another race in which almost all the favourites crash in the first corner and it rains, and all these things happen, I think it will take years to see again.

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.

“Let’s see if we can improve the car enough to not have to wait for those incidents and be able to be candidates for podiums or good results on our own merit too,” added the Spaniard.

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Can both the Alpine drivers continue to display outstanding performances in the second half of the season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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