Alpine loved a aggressive race on the Losail Worldwide Circuit, Fernando Alonso scoring his first podium on his return to the revamped Enstone crew whereas Ocon took fifth, as each drivers managed to execute a marginal one-stop technique.
However Alpine’s consequence was not down to only technique alone, as proven by Alonso’s fifth place in qualifying, which after penalties for Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas turned third on the grid.
Ocon believes his crew made the distinction in Qatar by discovering a greater set-up, saying his was pleasantly shocked with the settings Alpine came upon of the field.
“For certain, the traits did go well with the automotive fairly effectively, in order that was an excellent shock once we put the automotive down, how we felt the grip was working,” he defined.
“However not solely that I feel we did an exceptionally good job at organising the automotive, discovering little extra issues that we did not essentially discover at different locations.
“Little tips right here and there that made the distinction this weekend to have extra tempo, to extract extra tempo out of the automotive.
“And the tyre administration, the technique that we had within the race, all the pieces was spot on just about. The one factor that was not splendid was my Q3 run on Saturday.
“I feel we’ll have clearly plenty of information to analyse and see why we had been so aggressive right here. However on the whole, I feel we’ve made a step with the automotive by way of understanding and getting all the pieces sorted [unclear] to the observe circumstances.”
Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521
Photograph by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images
With its 25-point haul Alpine landed an all-but decisive blow on AlphaTauri within the scrap for fifth on this planet championship, now main the Italians by as many factors going into the ultimate two races.
Ocon thinks his crew, which has seen a administration overhaul previously 12 months, has “remodeled” for the reason that begin of the season and is in a great place to assault F1’s new regulatory period in 2022.
“Sure, large progress positively for the reason that starting of the yr and since final yr. I see a crew utterly remodeled, a crew united,” he added.
“We have now nice stress from the bosses, Laurent Rossi and Luca di Meo, they’re opponents as a lot as we’re and they’re totally supportive behind us.
“There are such nice vibes, there isn’t a detrimental stress contained in the crew, and we’re all pushing in the identical route. So, it is positively an ideal setting.”