Having seen how he operates at shut quarters, Esteban Ocon has described Alpine team-mate Fernando Alonso’s driving model as being “300% to the intense more often than not”.
This might vary from leaning closely into a specific automotive setup which works for him, the way in which he takes a specific nook and even in wheel-to-wheel racing.
Ocon and Alonso had a very spicy on-track duel in Saudi Arabia initially of the season, neither driver giving any quarter to the opposite as they jostled for place round Jeddah – and Ocon at present leads his two-time World Champion team-mate within the Drivers’ Championship by 11 factors heading into the ultimate two races.
In an interview with The Race, the Frenchman mentioned how he and his team-mate stack up towards one another in the way in which they drive – and their types do range.
“Probably not,” Ocon mentioned when requested if he considers his driving model to be a easy one.
“It may well look easy, sure, however I don’t suppose many drivers might drift an F1 automotive and I might if I wished. However as quickly as there’s some [sideways] motion, it’s not going to go quick.
“I most likely really feel it sooner than some drivers, like Fernando. He has plenty of actions, plenty of steering enter, however within the final two seasons we had been most likely the drivers which have crashed the least.
“And I believe that’s most likely attributable to automotive management and confidence with the automotive. It appears easy, however I really feel it’s the quickest method to go.”
Alonso has by no means been outscored by a team-mate in the midst of his Method 1 profession, with solely Lewis Hamilton equalling his factors tally within the 2007 season.
He has bemoaned his unhealthy luck all year long, believing he has misplaced no less than 60 factors by reliability points and poor strategic selections – together with his fifth DNF of the season coming in Mexico Metropolis final trip by an engine cylinder failure.
However having spent the previous two years having the ability to see Alonso’s information up shut and private, Ocon has been in a privileged place to glean how he goes about his enterprise on race weekends.
“He’s not an uncommon driver, however he’s all the time pushing issues to the intense,” Ocon defined of the way in which the Spaniard operates.
“So if one factor works, he’s going to go fully in that route, however to the extent that it may be adverse, so I don’t copy/paste all the things that he does, nowhere close to that.
“However like he’s doing as properly, we share all the information, we share all the data and after I get an excellent nook, he’s taking a look at it and attempting issues and if he will get an excellent nook with one thing very uncommon on the setup of the automotive, what he does with the instruments on the steering wheel, I’ll encourage myself from it. That’s regular.
“However calling him an animal in races is the proper description, as a result of he’s going 300% to the intense more often than not.”
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