"It is unacceptable to be a second slower than Alonso"

Ocon and Alpine analyze in Enstone the drop in performance of the French rider in the triplet of France and Austria. A chassis change at Silverstone is not ruled out.


Surely it is a mere anecdote at the end of the year, since throughout a season the good moments are compensated with the bad moments. But the reality is that Esteban Ocon has linked, just after announcing his renewal with Alpine until 2024, three consecutive races (France, Styria and Austria) behind Fernando Alonso. Both in qualifying and in the race. And a long way from the performance of the two-time champion at the wheel of the A521.

A bad run of results that has become a real headache for Ocon and the Enstone (United Kingdom) training technicians, as they do not understand the reason for this downturn experienced by the French rider at Paul Ricard and Red Bull Ring. An arduous situation that both protagonists hope to heal next week in Silverstone (United Kingdom), taking advantage of the peculiar characteristics of the British route and the rest week that the Grand Circus calendar offers to the participants of this edition.Ocon does not rule out changing chassis in Great Britain

"At Silverstone we will start from scratch. This week I am going to meet with the team to assess how many parts we can change before getting back on track. Change my chassis? The more things we can change, the better. Because then there will be one less doubt. What is unacceptable is that in the first race in Styria he was a second slower than Alonso on such a small track. There is definitely something that did not work properly and we have to understand it. Hopefully, I am sure that we will come back much stronger ", declared the one from Évreux (France) after leaving the 2021 Austrian GP on lap 1 after touching Antonio Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo at the start and damaging the front suspension of the car.

"Esteban worked spent the week between races with the engineers looking at differences between Fernando's style and his," later Marcin Budkowski, the team's executive director, acknowledged to publicly show his support for Ocon and see the glass half empty. Sometimes it takes a step back to gain momentum.

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