No want for talks with Ocon over “excessive” F1 defence

Fernando Alonso noticed no want for talks with Alpine System 1 team-mate Esteban Ocon over his “excessive” defence in Hungary, however admitted he was “stunned” by the strikes.

Ocon appeared to squeeze Alonso twice on the run to the primary nook on the opening lap in Hungary, prompting the Spaniard – who has since signed for Aston Martin in 2023 – to raise off to keep away from a collision.

Alonso then tried passing across the outdoors in direction of Flip 6 chicane however was pressured vast, resulting in his radio message: “By no means in my life have I seen a defence like Esteban. By no means. Up the wall, Flip 2, and now Flip 6. By no means.”

Talking immediately after the race about Ocon’s defensive strikes, Alonso stated: “He was fairly excessive.

“Clearly I lifted off and nothing occurred. It was most likely a possibility missed there. At the beginning, I had an excellent launch, however nothing actually to remark.”

Alonso denied there was any want for talks with Ocon in regards to the strikes, believing there would at all times be sufficient respect between them to keep away from a crash.

“I don’t assume so,” he stated. “We attempt to race exhausting at all times, however at all times giving that one % margin to not have any incidents. We by no means had any, and we’ll by no means have.”

Alpine workforce principal Otmar Szafnauer was unconcerned by the scrap, saying it was fantastic “simply so long as it’s honest, and no injury achieved, that’s OK.”

The start of the Hungarian Grand Prix

The beginning of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Picture by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Photos

Ocon known as the opening lap battle with Alonso “simply racing”, and stated their later squabble for place after the primary pit stops that allowed Daniel Ricciardo to go each Alpines on the similar time was a results of a gradual cease and chilly tyres.

“We put ourselves in a tough place on the pit cease, after we received delayed, we pitted a bit late, so the lap instances on the contemporary tyre had been higher,” Ocon stated.

“We should always have come out with some margin, some gaps. I attempted to defend not essentially on Fernando, on all people that I had behind, however on chilly hards it was tough to take action.”

The Alpine drivers’ two-season stint as team-mates will come to a detailed on the finish of the yr following Alonso’s resolution to signal for Aston Martin.

Affirmation of his exit on Monday has led to confusion over who will race alongside Ocon subsequent yr after Alpine introduced reserve driver Oscar Piastri’s promotion, just for Piastri to disclaim he has signed for the workforce, stating he wouldn’t be racing for Alpine in 2023.

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Alonso and Ocon in the end completed eighth and ninth respectively in Hungary, serving to Alpine maintain on to fourth place within the constructors’ championship heading into the summer time break forward of McLaren by 4 factors.

“To attain the identical factors as McLaren, we now have to be proud and we now have to be proud of the end result,” Alonso stated. “In all probability we had greater expectations beginning fifth and sixth.”

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