Alpine have displayed impressive speed so far this year, and Otmas Szafnauer, team boss, believes Esteban Ocon (Alonso) has a car capable of taking them to the podium.
Alpine has told Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon that they can win a race this season. They are confident in their car’s performance.
French constructor, who is currently in fourth place in constructors’ championship, has had mixed results over the first nine races. Even though the Canadian Grand Prix had their highest point haul so far this season, it may have been even higher.
Alonso managed to finish second behind Ocon with 10 points, while Ocon was able to manage 11 points. However, Ocon in particular will feel that he could do more. Although he set a fantastic lap in Saturday’s rainy qualifying session to begin on the front row, he fell to seventh in the race when a penalty made him fall to ninth.
Overall, it was a strong weekend for Alpine. They closed the gap on McLaren. Lando Norris failed to score in Montreal and Daniel Ricciardo also failed to score. Otmar, the principal of the team, said that it was proof that they can achieve something extraordinary when everything comes together.
“Yeah, for sure if we get the rub of the green, a win and a podium as possible,”He proposed the following: “But I think looking at trying to overtake the third placed team with the amount of races that are left and the points that are available, will be difficult. But every once in a while, a podium and a win? Yeah, that could be possible.”
Alonso is the main name at Alpine due to his two-time world champion status and the fact that he still has the ability of magic at 40. Ocon’s surprise win at the Hungarian Grand Prix 2021 was what stole the spotlight.
Szafnauer stated that there is still a “large”gap between them, but backed Ocon to continue improving while Alonso draws on all his experience. “It was large at the end, but not every lap, so Esteban was making inroads, he was getting closer and closer,”The former Aston Martin chief was also added.
“But you have to remember, in changeable conditions, Fernando is on it very quickly. And you know, he gets up to speed much quicker than most drivers do. I think he’s always had it. He’s always been on it very quickly, and experience helps too.”