Solely Hamilton has accomplished a greater job as Alonso’s F1 teammate

The Frenchman seems set to steer the Alpine crew in 2023, following the departure of Alonso to Aston Martin.

However whereas Ocon is raved about by his crew, which has dedicated to him till the tip of 2024, he’s conscious that these outdoors the squad generally fail to recognise the job he’s doing.

For he reckons that having proven so strongly in opposition to Alonso, which included his maiden win in Hungary final 12 months, solely Lewis Hamilton has accomplished higher than him as a teammate to the Spaniard.

Talking to about his fame inside the paddock, Ocon stated: “I do not learn every thing that’s stated about me, however I hope that after I do one thing good, it’s reported as such, and that others can get an thought.

“However it’s true that there are some individuals who say to me ‘ah, I did not discover your qualifying at Spa’, or ‘I forgot you received final 12 months’. I admit that I discover it a bit unusual.

“In the long run in qualifying, in contrast with Fernando, it’s 9/7 to him, however I’ve a couple of extra factors within the standings (Ocon has 66 in comparison with Alonso’s 59). Final 12 months, if we discuss qualifying, we completed the season in a draw: 11 to 11.

“If I take a look at Fernando’s profession, the one teammate at his degree was Lewis. Everybody else has not accomplished higher than me.

“Personally I really feel that I’m doing a great job, sure. So it’s a bit unusual at occasions to see that on the surface there are those that understand in a barely completely different manner.”

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Team, Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 Team,

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Staff, Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 Staff,

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Ocon says he now smiles when he remembers the variety of occasions he was informed that his F1 profession can be killed off going up in opposition to Alonso – which makes him particularly proud that he has come out of their time collectively trying so good.

Requested in regards to the doomsday predictions, Ocon stated: “Yeah, I heard it too, however I am nonetheless right here, proper?

“It’s a good comparability from the place we began final 12 months, each in qualifying and within the races. Fernando could be very, very quick. I do not suppose he has something to show to anybody. To those that say if I’ve discovered from Fernando, I reply ‘actually’. However I hope that he too may have discovered one thing from me.”

Whereas Ocon is blissful along with his profession development in F1, and excited in regards to the subsequent two years at Alpine, he is aware of that he can not afford to take a seat again and imagine his place on the grid is assured.

He cites the instance of Daniel Ricciardo, who may very well be dealing with a 12 months on the sidelines in 2023 on the again of two troublesome seasons at McLaren.

“I perceive that there’s nothing assured in Formulation 1,” he stated. “Even you probably have received a race, even you probably have stood as much as a double world champion like Fernando, you aren’t certain of getting a assured future.

“Now we have the instance of Daniel. Two years in the past, he was within the top-driver group and right this moment he would not have the assure of a seat for subsequent season. You have to at all times be on the high, and you should definitely by no means surrender.”

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