June 12, 2021

Alonso expected to trail Ocon in early races | RaceFans Round-up

In the roundup: Fernando Alonso says he anticipated his team mate Esteban Ocon would hold the upper hand in their first races together at Alpine.

In brief

Alonso not surprised Ocon has upper hand

Having comprehensively out-performed his previous Formula 1 team mate, Alonso was widely expected to show Ocon the way at Alpine, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Four races in, Alonso is yet to out-score his team mate in a race this year.

But given the past experiences of previous newcomers to the team formerly known as Renault, including Ocon and his predecessors Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz Jnr, Alonso says this was to be expected.

Ocon “is in a very good form right now” said Alonso, “fully integrated with the team, [scored a] podium last year in Bahrain in the last part of the championship and now giving a perfect weekends. So this is is very good, it’s impressive what he’s achieving now.”

“I’m giving my 100%”, Alonso continued, “and obviously that’s not enough to be at that level at the moment. So I need to to keep improving.

“In a way, we talk about this, but we anticipated this a little bit. When Carlos got in Renault, he was not as quick as [Nico] Hulkenberg I remember in the first couple of races, Daniel was arguably slower than Nico in 2019 and he was very good in 2020 in his second year. Esteban was struggling last year with Daniel and he is good in his second year.

“So it seems the team is a little bit different than the others, that you need an adaptation. So I’m trying to do this as quick as I can. As I said I’m not worried. It’s going to come very soon, if not already because in Imola we crossed the line together, in Portimao we crossed the line together.”

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