Ocon: Alpine has ‘no margin’ in 2021 F1 battle for factors  - Motor Informed
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Ocon: Alpine has ‘no margin’ in 2021 F1 battle for factors 

The staff beforehand referred to as Renault endured a troublesome season-opening Bahrain GP, with Fernando Alonso retiring and team-mate Ocon finishing down in a disappointing 13th position.

It was the primary time since final 12 months’s Spanish GP that neither of the Enstone staff’s vehicles completed within the factors.

Ocon’s race possibilities at Sakhir had been compromised by ranging from 16th on the grid after he was unable to finish his ultimate flying lap when Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr produced a yellow flag within the dying moments of Q1.

With a particularly shut combat within the midfield, Ocon believes Alpine must get every part proper as a way to be within the prime 10.

“It’s clear that what harm us is the beginning place,” stated Ocon. “If we had been beginning inside the highest 10, in fact you’re already contained in the factors, however even 11th or 12th there would have been an opportunity for us to get into the factors.

“We have no margin and we have to extract the utmost out of the automobile to have the ability to do this.

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 in the Press Conference

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 within the Press Convention

Picture by: FIA Pool

“We’ve clear methods of seeing the place we’re missing a little bit little bit of efficiency or the place now we have an space to enhance. We all know the place it’s, it’s as much as us to search out that and discover extra tempo for the subsequent occasions so that offers us a bit extra of a margin.”

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Whereas Ocon has hailed the 2021 Renault engine as the best he’s driven in Formula 1, the Frenchman acknowledges Alpine nonetheless must get well among the chassis efficiency misplaced via the regulation adjustments.

He says, nonetheless, that his staff has already pinpointed the important thing areas the place it wants to enhance.

“After all the brand new guidelines have modified plenty of issues,” he added. “As everyone says, it’s a 12 months that we hold the identical guidelines and carry-over from final 12 months, however this isn’t the fact.

“In reality, a lot of the automobile is new for everyone. For us for certain as we all know what now we have on the automobile. All people misplaced a superb quantity of grip and downforce and everyone is making an attempt to get that again on the vehicles.

“For the time being with the brand new guidelines everyone is slower and we’re as nicely in comparison with the automobile we had final 12 months so we all know the place to search out the time and we all know the place to get well that lap time.

“The a part of recognizing the place it’s, that’s now completed, now now we have to do it.”



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