Esteban Ocon agrees with Alpine in the total war against Fernando Alonso

The French Formula 1 driver is positioned with his team to win the dispute against the oldest Spanish driver on the grid

The Monaco Grand Prix became the scene of the sports resurrection of Esteban Ocon, who returned to the Formula 1 podium for the third time in his career, delivering an outstanding performance at a defining moment for both himself and his team, Alpine. This flawless performance marked a turning point in Ocon’s career and validated Alpine’s confidence in his talent.

After leaving behind McLaren and take fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship last year, Alpine, backed by his top management, set out to maintain that position and reduce the deficit to the leaders. However, the slow start in the second year of the latest rule cycle, coupled with the rising Aston Martin, led Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi to openly express his dissatisfaction with the performance of his team.

Esteban Ocon Alpine pilot with Fernando Alonso

Ocon’s irruption and a turning point for Alpine

The image of Ocon celebrating on the podium with his former teammate Fernando Alonso seems to mark a change of direction for the Alpine season. The surprise of a top three spot was an unexpected achievement. Although Alpine had already been threatening a major result for several races.

Despite the setbacks at the Australian and Baku Grand Prix, the good performances in Miami once again highlighted the latent potential of Alpine’s A523 package. Finally, in Monaco, the team managed to take advantage of a weekend in which their package was inherently fast. Furthermore, it was well adapted to the specific demands of such a particular circuit.

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Ocon in charge: Outstanding performance in qualifying

During the early stages of qualifying, Ocon proved to be up to the task. For this reason he managed to place himself at the top of the time table in Q3 with only three minutes remaining. Despite being dropped to fourth, his efforts paid off, earning Alpine’s best starting position since Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth in 2013.

Ocon’s return was highlighted, not because it was a consequence of certain favorable conditions, but because it was simply a committed and limit lap. The driver left no room for error in the 19 technically challenging corners on the winding streets of Monte Carlo. These results were turned around at the end of the Monaco GP.

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