Ocon: ‘What Alonso said was not nice’

Thomas Siniecki, Media365: published on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 8:57 p.m.

Can’t wait for the end… It seems almost clear that Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon will not spend their holidays together, they who touched each other on Saturday during the sprint race in Brazil. They only have one mutual Grand Prix left.

Tongues are loosened as the end of the season approaches, especially at Alpine where Fernando Alonso competed this weekend at Interlagos in his penultimate race with the French team. Whereas the tone was raised during the sprint race on Saturday, since the Spaniard had clashed with his young teammate Esteban Oconthe latter called his 15-year-old dean “not nice”, in comments reported by Motorsport.com after the incident: “What he said in the media was not nice. I always A lot of respect for him, he’s a legend and I will respect him forever. And whatever he said to you, I prefer when we talk in private.”

“The team didn’t have to tell me what to do”

The forty-something then remembered the past, with a yellow smile: “I think he’s already had problems with others… But soon it won’t be my problem anymore!” Sunday, during the race, the winner of the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix (last French winner to date) initially refused to let his teammate pass, which foreshadowed new tension. But Ocon explained on the radio, at the time: “Let me fight, I will when the situation is a little clearer.”

He believes he has kept his promises in order to let the double world champion get a crucial fifth place for the team, with a view to fourth in the constructors’ championship – where they are 19 points ahead of McLaren : “I said that I was not going to let him pass at the restart, that I was going to overtake Sebastian Vettel then that I would let him pass afterwards. That’s what I did (…) I knew the situation, the team didn’t have to tell me what to do.” As a reminder, Pierre Gasly will be Ocon’s next partner at Alpine, during the 2023 season.

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