By scoring 14 points at once yesterday at Interlagos, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon made people forget their unprofessional behavior the day before.
After a disastrous Sprint race on Saturday, marked by two hits from the A522s in the first lap, the Alpine boys reacted in the best possible way yesterday.
Deliberately placed in different strategies, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon led solid races resulting in fifth and eighth places at the finish.
“I am very happy with our race, said the Frenchman. We maximized the different strategies on both of our cars and scored 14 points going into the last race of the season. Fernando and I recovered well after leaving where we were. The credit goes to the team, which executed this race perfectly. »
“We knew we needed to be at our best today after yesterday’s disappointment and that’s exactly what we did in the race, he adds. The season is not over and we still have one race left. We will have to stay flat out until the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi. »
“The car was very competitive and with our race strategy we weren’t on the same streak as most of our rivals, remarks the Spaniard. At the end, under the safety car regime, I benefited from new tyres, which enabled us to come back as close as possible to the outposts. I overtook Pérez then tried to do the same with Leclerc, but he was a bit too fast. »
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“We made a mistake yesterday when Esteban and I got in touch and therefore wanted to do our best for the team today, he points out. We needed these points before heading to Abu Dhabi. There is still a race to do with the team and I will put my heart into it. »
“If the Sprint was one of the lows of our season, this Grand Prix is certainly one of the highlights, observes team principal Otmar Szafnauer. The race was conducted smoothly and our two drivers progressed at a very good pace. Congratulations to the whole team, to Enstone and to Viry, for this great overall performance. »