Esteban Ocon has mentioned that solely Lewis Hamilton can declare to have carried out higher as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate than he has.
Since Alonso’s return to Formulation 1, he and Ocon have gone on to kind one of the vital supportive team-mate relationships on the grid, one thing that was not a given when the two-time World Champion’s transfer was first introduced.
Within the quick aftermath of Ocon’s shock win in Hungary final yr, he discovered himself being lifted into the air by Alonso whose wonderful defence in opposition to Hamilton had all however ensured the Frenchman the victory.
However, as that partnership nears its finish with Alonso’s impending transfer to Aston Martin, it’s price trying again to when Alonso was first introduced and the dire predications that had been made for Ocon’s profession.
Many thought he could be dramatically outperformed by Alonso and that it may even spell the top of his F1 profession however that has not been the case. In 2021, Ocon completed simply seven factors behind Alonso and in 2021, he’s seven factors forward.
Trying again, Ocon instructed the Italian version of Motorsport.com that after all of the recommendations that his F1 profession was nearing its finish, he’s “nonetheless right here.”
“It’s a good comparability what we began final yr each in qualifying and within the race,” he mentioned. “Fernando may be very, very quick, I don’t assume he has something to show to anybody, and to those that say ‘who is aware of how a lot you realized with Fernando’ I reply ‘in fact’, however I hope he too has realized one thing from me ”.
“We have now a great relationship, we’re comparable within the improvement work and clearly after we are on the observe every of us desires to prevail.”
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) September 16, 2022
All through Alonso’s 18-season profession, he has repeatedly outperformed his team-mates with only one driver proving the exception, seven-time World Champion Hamilton. Ocon highlighted that reality and mentioned that he’s subsequent in line behind the present Mercedes driver.
“It’s a great query,” he replies when requested if he has earned the esteem of the paddock as he nears the top of his fifth full season within the sport.
“I don’t learn every thing that’s mentioned about me, I hope that after I do one thing good it’s reported as such, and that these watching can get an thought.
“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 couple of extra factors within the classification.
“Final yr, if we discuss qualifying, we completed the season tied: 11 to 11. If I have a look at Fernando’s profession, the one considered one of his team-mates who has been his equal is Lewis, all of the others haven’t completed higher than me.
“Personally I really feel I’m doing a great job, and sure, it’s a bit unusual generally to see that on the skin there are those that understand it a bit otherwise.”
With six races to go, Ocon and Alonso face the duty of retaining Alpine’s P4 spot within the Constructors’ Championship with McLaren now 18 factors behind.
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