Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer says each Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon “let the group down” after a number of on-track clashes within the Brazilian Grand Prix Formulation 1 Dash race.
On the opening lap, the teammates made contact at Flip 4 when Ocon squeezed Alonso off the monitor, earlier than additional contact on the start-finish straight broke Alonso’s entrance wing.
This precipitated the Spanish driver to pit whereas Ocon sustained injury which halted additional progress by the sector.
Alonso truly completed forward of Ocon in fifteenth, however was penalised by the stewards post-race and demoted to 18th and is because of begin proper behind the Frenchman for the primary Grand Prix.
Szafnauer response to clashes
Talking post-sprint, Szafnauer was left firmly unimpressed by his drivers however was eager to maneuver on and deal with securing fourth within the Constructors’ Championship.
“We’re extraordinarily disenchanted with the Dash qualifying end result, which has put us in a worse place on the grid for the primary race,” Szafnauer defined.
“Frankly, each Esteban and Fernando should do a greater job to go with the implausible efforts of everybody within the group by avoiding on-track incidents and compromising the whole group’s efficiency.
“Each drivers have let the group down. I count on extra from them within the race the place we should do every part we will to recuperate some factors from the weekend for the Championship.
“We’re in a really tight and aggressive championship struggle for fourth place within the Constructors’ Championship; an goal for which over 1,000 employees are tirelessly working and striving in direction of.
“We intention to make sure we go to Abu Dhabi subsequent weekend ready the place we will attain our season targets. Sunday is a brand new day.”
Alpine reply to social media abuse
Within the hours following the Brazil Dash race, Alpine issued an announcement condemning on-line abuse in direction of “drivers, group members, followers or anyone on-line”.