"Alonso is a legend"

Ocon praised his teammate after the fight against Hamilton. The Asturian: "Esteban will always be a winner in Formula 1".

"Alonso-is-a-legend"

For the first time since 2007, with Hamilton at McLaren, Alonso's teammate has won the race. "Probably the last time was in Toyota, when the car '7' or the car '8' always won (during his journey in the World Endurance Championship). But this is more special, because it is unexpected," interrupts the Asturian to AS at the post-race press conference. After hugging Esteban Ocon, helping him on the track (his defense over Hamilton "was probably the cause of the victory," the engineers told the Frenchman) and hugging him outside, Alonso praised his factory, his garage and his partner.

He spoke of the triumph in the first person. "Luck was on our side. I am very happy for the team, everyone at the factory has worked very hard on this car and on the 2022 project, plus the COVID restrictions, the travel problems that all Brits have because of the 'red list' ... to have this victory before the summer break is an incredible feeling and I see many smiles. Also for Esteban, when you are successful and win an F1 race, that stays for life, you will always be a winner in the F1. It happens in Hungary, the same place as me in 2003, this place will always be special for the team, "he told this newspaper.

His fight with Hamilton for ten laps gave air to the French. "I didn't think I could take him more than one or two laps, but he struggled to follow me through the last two corners and that gave me some space on the straight. But then he learned new lines, applied them and passed Carlos in just one lap. applying those lines ", sums up the Asturian, who confesses that he ran thinking about much more than the final fourth place:" I was thinking of the podium, I thought I could overtake Carlos and then I could go for victory. I was optimistic ".

"They told me many things about Fernando, they were wrong" "

On the other side of the garage, the joy is just as full. Ocon, 24, the driver who was left out of F1 due to a bizarre change of stickers in 2019, achieved his first World Cup win and his second for France after the post-1996 drought (Gasly won at Monza 2020). The Norman knows how to win, he beat that European F3 that catapulted Verstappen in 2014. He has the makings of a champion and that is why Alpine renewed him until 2024 a few weeks ago.

"He's a legend," he said about Fernando when he was informed on the radio about the Hamilton defense. Later he expanded: "It is incredible to work with him, we form a great line-up. We work together, we improve the car package. Everyone told me many things about Fernando before coming but they are wrong, I can say that he is a fantastic guy and I enjoy the collaboration with him. ”

The Frenchman, already protagonist, before the Press: "It's a fantastic moment and I have no words. Crazy. Not long ago I was talking about it with the team, that this would be the next step after being second last year (in Sakhir) But today we weren't expecting it, that's for sure, that's why I can only thank the team after three difficult races. They gave me confidence. There were many incidents in the race but we succeeded. I will remember it for my whole life. "



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