WATCH: Alpine Duo Fernando Alonso & Esteban Ocon Include Each Other’s Glories in Best Moments of 2021 F1 Season

Published 12/28/2021, 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


In Formula One, your teammate is regarded as your biggest rival. However, for Alpine drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, it’s a different story, as both enjoy seeing each other bring in essential results for the team.

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With the 2021 season done and dusted, Alonso and Ocon looked back at the season and picked their favorite moments of the year. The similar answers which they both offered, revealed how strong their bond is at the Enstone-based team.

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Fernando Alonso chooses his teammate’s win over his results

Alonso is a 2-time world champion, and his return to the Formula One grid for the 2021 season produced a lot of expectations. Even though the Spaniard driver did manage to get some good results for the team, he chooses Ocon’s win at the Hungarian Grand Prix over his own results.

He said, “So my top three moments are, first Esteban’s win. I know it wasn’t my win but it still felt like an amazing moment for the team. Everyone was so happy, and I was so proud of everyone in Alpine. So the win in Hungary.”

“Second, has to be my podium in Qatar I have been waiting so long for that podium so that will be my second best moment. And third, I will say that it was Bahrain. The first race felt very emotional to me coming back to the sport with the team, some extra pressure because a lot of eyes were on us so that first race so it was very special Bahrain as well. So those are my top three.”

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Ocon chooses his top moments from the 2021 season

With the season now over, the French driver reflects back at the season and picks his favorite moments of the year. For Ocon, his most cherished memory of the season was his win at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

He said, “Top three of the year, well I think we can definitely call Budapest. This has to be number one 2021 will be remembered forever for me for that moment, my first win. The first win for the Groupe Renault so huge moment.”

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“Number two, Qatar, Fernando’s podium, Fernando back in the top three, third and fifth as well. I got fifth the moment that we got the points over AlphaTauri which was quite a big thing for 2021. And I would say number three Saudi Arabia you know frustrated one, frustration I would like to be even you know top one even better than the win. But we didn’t manage it and we got overtaken at the last lap but still, it was a mega race. Mega choices by the whole team, but we managed to climb up the field like we did and we got P4. So that would be my top three of 2021.”

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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