Alpine launched the closely revised flooring in Singapore, whereas realizing that any beneficial properties wouldn’t essentially be maximised on the bumpy road monitor.
The early debut did not less than permit the group to be taught in regards to the replace and benefit from it at Suzuka, a monitor with the form of quick corners the place it was anticipated to offer a transparent profit.
With Ocon taking fourth, Alpine’s greatest end of the season, and team-mate Fernando Alonso in seventh having simply misplaced out to Sebastian Vettel on the chequered flag, Alpine retook fourth within the F1 world constructors’ standings from McLaren by seven factors with 4 races remaining.
“I believe it was a matter of time till we might actually present what the automobile was able to,” mentioned Ocon when requested by Autosport about the advantages of the brand new flooring.
“We have been in a position to try this this weekend usually – we have been quick in all situations.
“It has been superior. It has been pure pleasure to drive that automobile in qualifying yesterday and within the race. A couple of issues to overview, however we scored, which was essential.”
Ocon had a busy race, spending most of it fending off the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, whereas making an attempt to handle his intermediate tyres.
“It was undoubtedly robust,” he mentioned. “I used to be wanting extra within the again than within the entrance in that race.
“We knew it was going be robust to maintain the Mercs behind. However we have completed it, so very, more than happy.
“It was wanting like no factors from the place we began with the situations, however ultimately I believe it is a good afternoon for us.”
Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
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Talking after the group’s robust qualifying efficiency at Suzuka, when Ocon claimed fifth on the grid and Alonso took seventh, the Spanish driver mentioned the automobile felt pretty much as good because it had all season, citing the Belgian GP as a earlier excessive level.
“I believe this one and Spa,” he mentioned when requested by Autosport if the up to date automobile was the most effective of the 12 months. “Arguably each circuits which are fairly related by way of effectivity.
“Spa and Suzuka have been our greatest weekends to date by way of efficiency. We have to see what’s behind this this end result.
“The automobile felt nice all weekend, so I do not know if it is the ground that we launched in Singapore or not however we did not have any issues. We appear aggressive.”
Relating to the battle with McLaren, he mentioned: “I believe Singapore was standing out as a result of it was an enormous loss in factors there. However I believe it may be very, very tight till Abu Dhabi.”