Alpine’s Esteban Ocon has vowed to ‘carry this progress forward’ after enjoying a strong Qualifying session for 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix.
Ocon has enjoyed a strong weekend so far with top ten finishes in all four sessions and qualified sixth for the 2021 Portuguese GP, which is his best Qualifying result since he finished sixth in Qualifying for the 2020 Belgian GP, where he finished fifth in the race.
Reflecting on the progress made throughout this weekend from Friday Practice to Qualifying, Ocon said; “We made a good step between practice and qualifying, and everything worked really well.”
The Frenchman however iterated that his main priority however is to continue finding improvements moving forwards, commenting; “We aim to keep finding these improvements and carry this progress forward.”
Looking ahead to the race, Ocon admitted that he expects it to be “challenging” but is confident that he can make overtakes given the nature of the Algarve International Circuit amidst different tyre strategies throughout the grid.
Fernando Alonso meanwhile admitted that Qualifying “was not easy” given the change in weather and track conditions from FP3 to Qualifying, which caused him to lose something and has vowed to analyse the data in order to understand what went wrong.
Alonso however is optimistic in that he can choose his starting tyres for the race after qualifying 13th, which he believes gives him “more options on strategy.”
Alpine Racing Director, Davide Brivio has admitted that he is “very pleased” with Ocon’s sixth-placed finish in Qualifying and praised the Frenchman for his effort, saying; “He did a great job throughout all of the sessions today and was very consistent.”
Brivio also echoed Alonso’s thoughts on how his Q2 exit impacts the Spaniard’s race plans, admitting that the team now “… do have some options for his strategy” in the race tomorrow (2 May).