Ocon scores the first point of the season for Alpine : " it feels good "

Finally a smile in the garage Alpine ! Esteban Ocon managed to win the first point of his season in Miami. The Norman had to fight until the last laps to finish in the top 10.

Published on 06/05/2024 à 11:50

Yannis Duval

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Ocon scores the first point of the season for Alpine : " it feels good "

Esteban Ocon wins the first point of the season for Alpine. ©DPPI

Premiere day for Lando Norris, but premiere day also for Alpine ! In Miami, the French clan scored the first point of its season thanks to a very good 10th placeEsteban Ocon. The arrowed A finally opens his counter after five particularly complicated races.

And his point we cannot say that Ocon stole it. The Normand fought throughout the race to achieve this result. Already in the first lap, with his teammate where the two did not go far from contact, and then with Fernando Alonso throughout the end of the race.

“Crazy fighting the whole race! From start to finish, we were at 110% in terms of intensity, declares Esteban Ocon at the end of the race, breathing a sigh of relief. With Pierre (gasly) it was hot, but not only with him, with Fernando too, but everything ended well today, we got the point and that's the most important thing for the team. »

A battle with Pierre Gasly wheel to wheel during almost the entire first lap which gave Bruno Famin, the main team ofAlpine. “The first round was very hot. Pilots are pilots, when they have the helmet, it's complicated... But they did well. There's nothing to say, it's perfect", he smiled at the end of the race.

Alpine launches its season

Starting 13th on the grid, Esteban Ocon had a complicated start to the race; her Alpine suffered a lot in a straight line. It is when Max Verstappen triggers the Virtual Safety Car (after hitting a cone, which ended up on the track), the French driver takes the opportunity to pit and grabs a few places which puts him back in the points race.

“The race was a bit difficult, the car was not 100%, he admits. We still lack performance because we can't keep up with the cars that were with us, a few more laps and it was hot with Hulkenberg who was coming back, but we are progressing little by little and it feels good to come away from a weekend with a reward. »

Bruno Famin did not fail to highlight the performance of his driver but also of the Viry and enstone : “We have unlocked the counter, this point shows the progress and all the work that the team has done to be able to get it. We must continue because the road is still long. Developments have brought what they were supposed to bring. Now, we are also progressing in understanding the car, better settings and it ends with a package that is starting to be more competitive. »

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

06/05/2024 at 04:13 a.m.

Of course it must be working like crazy at Enstone to finally bring a single-seater to the regulatory weight with still this same engine deficit! Sacred defense from Ocon with a nice pass against this old rogue Fernand...

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