Esteban Ocon feels solely Lewis Hamilton has executed a greater job alongside Fernando Alonso than him, triggering a response from Jenson Button.
Ocon and Alonso at present discover themselves as team-mates at Alpine, the duo having shaped the workforce’s driver line-up since 2021.
It’ll although be the ultimate season of this partnership, as Alonso is off to Aston Martin for 2023, having agreed a multi-year take care of the workforce.
With six races to go of their last season collectively at Alpine, Ocon sits forward of Alonso within the Drivers’ Championship, boasting 66 factors in comparison with Alonso’s 59, with Ocon having just lately claimed that solely Hamilton, who was team-mate to Alonso at McLaren in 2007, can declare to have executed a greater job than him alongside the Spaniard.
When requested if he has earned the esteem of the paddock, talking to the Italian version of Motorsport.com, Ocon stated: “I don’t learn all the things that’s stated about me, I hope that after I do one thing good it’s reported as such, and that these watching can get an concept.
“Nevertheless it’s true that there are some individuals who inform me ‘ah, I didn’t discover your qualification at Spa’, or ‘I forgot you received final yr’.
“I admit I discover it a bit unusual, ultimately in qualifying within the comparability with Fernando we’re 9 to 7 for him, however I’ve a number of extra factors within the classification.
“Final yr, if we speak about qualifying, we completed the season tied: 11 to 11. If I take a look at Fernando’s profession, the one certainly one of his team-mates who has been his equal is Lewis, all of the others haven’t executed higher than me.
“Personally, I really feel I’m doing job, and sure, it’s a bit unusual generally to see that on the skin there are those that understand it a bit in a different way.”
Talking of those that understand it a bit in a different way, one can embody Button in that group, who took to social media to answer this declare from Ocon.
I must disagree
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) September 27, 2022
“I must disagree,” Button acknowledged.
Even when Button is doubtlessly being considerably light-hearted within the response, he nonetheless would have an argument to again up his phrases, judging by how he fared towards Alonso throughout their time collectively.
Button and Alonso had been team-mates at McLaren in 2015 and 2016, a tough time for the Woking outfit as their reunion with engine provider Honda didn’t repeat the successes of the previous.
In 2015 Button completed 5 factors forward of Alonso within the last standings, although he was comfortably outscored by Alonso in 2016.
Taking a look at their time collectively at McLaren general, although Alonso fairly generally discovered himself forward of Button on the beginning grid, 25 instances for Alonso in comparison with 14 for Button, race days for the previous champs had been a better story.
In that division, Alonso got here out on prime 18 instances, in comparison with 16 for Button.
Plus, talking again of their McLaren days, Alonso would hail Button as his “finest” Components 1 team-mate, not Hamilton, giving Button each purpose to dispute Ocon’s view that solely Hamilton has been a greater match for Alonso than himself.
“For me, he’s most likely the perfect team-mate I’ve had,” stated Alonso of Button.
“He’s very quick. He’s very aggressive contained in the automotive, all the time and in all circumstances, however exterior the automotive as nicely he’s a really good man, a real gentleman, and in addition very dedicated to the game. As a package deal I believe he’s the perfect.”
We just lately put Ocon’s declare to the check, delving into the archives to take a look at how Alonso in comparison with 5 of essentially the most notable team-mates of his previous, the place Ocon did rank forward of Button, although there was extra to the story when evaluating Button and Ocon towards the two-time World Champion Alonso.
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