Alpine’s senior management say the team was “humbled” by its breakthrough Formula 1 victory, and praised its staff’s “resilience and dedication”.
Esteban Ocon took his maiden Formula 1 win in yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix after leading the race from lap three onwards, despite race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel. Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi praised the teamwork behind the win and singled out Ocon’s team mate Fernando Alonso for praise.
“I am incredibly proud and delighted with this result,” said Rossi. “For Esteban, for Alpine, for Renault Group, for Fernando and for the teams across the UK and France that have worked tirelessly to deliver the first victory for Alpine.
“Everyone has shown great resilience, dedication and passion to get this result – it was great teamwork all round, especially for Fernando and his incredible fighting spirit.
Alonso played a pivotal role in resisting Lewis Hamilton for 10 laps, helping secure the win for Ocon.
The victory is Alpine’s first since the team was rebadged this season and the first since the Renault Group re-entered Formula 1 as a full manufacturer in 2016.
“We are humbled by standing on the podium amongst the giants of this amazingly competitive sport,” Rossi added.
Executive director Marcin Budkowski paid tribute to Ocon who scored his first win in his second season after joining the team.
“Esteban was unbelievable today,” he said. “Huge congratulations to him for his first grand prix victory. It was a stressful race and it felt incredibly long.
“We put ourselves in a great position at the start, made the right calls during the race, the pit crew executed two perfect pit stops and then it was about holding all the way to the end.
“We knew Lewis would be a threat in the last laps but we must pay huge credit to Fernando for fighting hard to defend against him, as this helped a lot to protect Esteban’s position.”