Esteban Ocon on Fernando Alonso classes; hopes he has discovered from him too : PlanetF1

Esteban Ocon has mentioned he has taken many classes from having Fernando Alonso as his team-mate, however hopes he has been capable of return the favour as properly.

Alonso got here again to Formulation 1 with Alpine firstly of final season, working alongside Ocon after a two-year sabbatical away from the game.

Alonso has constructed up a dominant file over his team-mates over his time in Formulation 1, however Ocon has largely appeared a match for him at Alpine thus far, having had an equal 11-11 qualifying head-to-head in opposition to one another final yr, and the Frenchman taking his first race victory at Hungary final season.

Whereas the 26-year-old has been capable of lean on the huge expertise of his Alpine colleague, he mentioned that he hopes to have been capable of provide classes of his personal to the two-time World Champion – believing he’s second solely to Lewis Hamilton in how properly he has carried out in opposition to Alonso in the identical crew.

“Sure, I heard that too, however I’m nonetheless right here, proper?” Ocon replied to the Italian version of Motorsport.com when it was put to him that some thought his profession can be ‘over’ when Alonso arrived at Alpine.

“It’s an excellent comparability that we began final yr each in qualifying and within the race.

“Fernando could be very, very quick, I don’t suppose he has something to show to anybody, and to those that say to me ‘who is aware of how a lot you’ve learnt with Fernando’ I say ‘after all’, however I hope he could have learnt one thing from me too.”

How has Esteban Ocon stacked up in opposition to Fernando Alonso?

Effectively, given how a lot Alonso usually overwhelms his team-mates, aside from Hamilton, Ocon has carried out much better than most in preserving his Alpine team-mate in his sights.

Granted, Alonso took a couple of races to get again into his stride, however Ocon’s win in Budapest final season coupled along with his regular consistency left him simply seven factors behind his illustrious team-mate on the finish of 2021.

And now, heading into the ultimate stretch of this season, he really leads Alonso by seven factors – underlining that he’s removed from the pushover others have sadly confirmed to be in opposition to the 41-year-old.

Even Kimi Raikkonen fell sufferer to Alonso’s ruthlessness of their single season collectively at Ferrari, being outscored by a whopping 161 factors to 55. Whereas that was a extra aggressive automotive than Alpine have been, Ocon can rightly be happy with himself when evaluating himself to Alonso.

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