Esteban Ocon says Alpine F1 isn’t as fast as AlphaTauri Honda, but the relative lack of performance at the F1 US Grand Prix was a shock.
Alpine F1 struggled to keep pace at the Circuit of the Americas and was unable to reach Q3, with both Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso retiring from the race in the final.
As a result, the Alpine F1 consecutive winning record that had continued since Imola in April was cut off.
AlphaTauri Honda, who is competing for 5th place in the Constructors, also retired from Pierre Guthrie at the F1 US Grand Prix. However, teammate Yuki Tsunoda finished in 9th place, narrowing the gap by 10 points.
“I didn’t expect it to be that hard,” said Esteban Ocon about Alpine F1’s performance at the F1 US Grand Prix.
“Of course, we know we’re not as fast as AlphaTauri Honda. We just made the difference by scoring points on both machines.”
“We’ve scored even a few points when two machines have the ability to make it into the top 10.”
“That made a difference. Of course, it put us in that position even on a strong weekend in Budapest.”
“All we can do is focus on ourselves and aim for the best possible job.”
“Theoretically you can’t beat them, but every time you get points on both machines, you try to stay consistent there.”
“Of course, I couldn’t get points at COTA, but I’m better than them in the standings because I’ve scored points for 15 consecutive races as a team, and that’s the way we should continue.”
Esteban Ocon says he is confident that Alpone will be able to return to the points race at the F1 Mexican Grand Prix.
“Obviously, the Mexican circuit has very different characteristics. It’s very different on tarmac and much smoother,” commented Esteban Ocon.
“There is no reason why you can’t go back to good rhythm and good performance. I’m sure it will come back soon.”
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