Alpine’s Esteban Ocon is confident that the team ‘achieved our maximum’ with a double points finish at 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix.
The Frenchman however has confirmed that seventh was their best possible result, saying; “I’m very happy with the race today, and I think we achieved our maximum.”
Ocon’s teammate, Fernando Alonso finished eighth quickest and Ocon felt that this double points finish represented a step forward, commenting; “Having both cars in the points shows our progress and also how we’ve had a strong weekend overall.”
Acknowledging how every team member has contributed to the progress in fighting both Ferrari and McLaren cars, Ocon also admitted that he feels that Alpine have improved both the car and overall package.
Formula One will be back in action next weekend at Circuit de Catalunya for Spanish Grand Prix and Ocon is keen “… to keep the momentum going and score more points.”
Alonso echoed Ocon’s thoughts on the progress made this weekend compared to Bahrain and Imola, whilst confessing that he finally felt confident in the car, saying; “It was the first race weekend where I felt comfortable and could push the car hard.”
Alonso though had to recover from 13th on the grid to finish eighth, which he admitted “could have been even better for us had we started higher on the grid.”
The Spaniard also looked ahead to his home race next weekend in Barcelona, with his main aim being on his single lap pace in preparation for Monaco which comes later this month from 20-23 May.
Explaining his plans for Spain, Alonso said; “Performance on Saturday will be the key for the next two races in Barcelona and Monaco, so I need to focus on maximising my one lap speed starting next weekend.”
Alpine Executive Director – Marcin Budkowski praised Ocon and Alonso for producing “an entertaining race” with a perfect strategy in terms of looking after their tyres in the first stint before pushing once they both switched to the hard compound.
Reflecting on the strides made this weekend, Budkowski cautiously confirmed that Alpine are “on a good trajectory” but warned that there is still plenty of pace to find in coming races.