Esteban Ocon has fired again at Fernando Alonso’s suggestion that reliability points have primarily affected his facet of the storage all through the 2022 season.
The Spaniard recorded his fifth DNF of the marketing campaign to this point on the Mexican Grand Prix, together with his Alpine having suffered an engine failure. Teammate Ocon went on to complete the race in eighth place.
After the occasion, Alonso voiced his frustrations over the variety of mechanical points he has suffered in the course of the 12 months.
“It is simply wonderful that just one or two vehicles retire from each race, and it’s all the time Automobile #14 which blew up 5 engines I feel this 12 months,” the two-time World Champion instructed media, together with RacingNews365.com.
Following these remarks, Ocon was requested whether or not he may perceive what Alonso was saying when it comes to the issues seeming to have an effect on him greater than the Frenchman.
Ocon defends Alpine after Alonso feedback
In response, Ocon identified that he too has skilled reliability issues in 2022.
“I broke the gearbox in Imola, I broke the automobile in Silverstone, I [had a] DNF in Singapore,” Ocon defined.
“I can depend them as properly on my facet. I feel we have each had points.”
Regardless of the mechanical issues, Ocon has defended the staff for specializing in velocity above the rest.
“We’re proud of the technique of the staff, to push the tempo of the automobile in entrance of the reliability,” he added.
“And that was all the time the purpose of the staff.”
Mexican GP ‘harm limitation’ for Alpine
Whereas Alonso misplaced out on a possible factors end in Mexico, Alpine have remained forward of rivals McLaren of their Constructors’ Championship battle for fourth place, although the hole now stands at simply seven factors.
Ocon admits that the race was an train in “harm limitation” for the staff.
“Clearly [it was] good to attain [points], however not a superb consequence as a staff,” the motive force commented.
“We clearly misplaced Fernando and, on my facet, I used to be managing a number of cooling points the entire method. That is primarily why we misplaced to Daniel [Ricciardo] in the long run on the place.
“He had a 10-second penalty, and I could not actually assault to the utmost, so [there is] rather a lot to assessment for us. Hopefully we’ll come again stronger within the final two races.”