With Method 1’s all-new vehicles, one that may observe much more intently than yesteryear’s, Esteban Ocon says the “finest defence is the assault”.
And that’s precisely what he did in opposition to his Alpine team-mate Fernando Alonso on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The Alpine team-mates engaged in an exciting three-lap battle that finally went the best way of Alonso with Otmar Szafnaeur on the pit wall saying “we’ll allow them to race” earlier than including that they needed to “preserve Bottas behind”.
The team-mates had been again at it once more just a few laps later, Alonso squeezing Ocon as he tried to move across the exterior.
After which got here the message to Ocon: “Maintain place, maintain place”.
Alas he didn’t, however not within the method wherein Alpine anticipated, as an alternative dropping mentioned place to Valtteri Bottas.
Talking about his tussle along with his double World Champion team-mate, Ocon advised Canal+: “Actually, it’s tremendous tight now with the vehicles, we are able to observe one another very intently.
“And out of the blue, one of the best defence is the assault, and there was Valtteri behind so it was necessary to maintain the place in entrance.
“Afterwards the crew advised me to maintain place. Mainly we needed to be… we may run if there weren’t too many issues happening, if there was no contact. That’s what we did.
“It’s good, it pushes the efficiency of the crew and it’s attention-grabbing. We’ve to proceed like this.”
Because the race progressed, Alonso retired having misplaced energy with Ocon left to fly the flag for Alpine alone.
The Frenchman added an additional level to his and the crew’s tally when he overtook Lando Norris just about on the road.
Ocon took P6 by 0.107s forward of the McLaren driver.
It was a small second of redemption for the driving force as final yr he misplaced third place on the road, overtaken by Bottas on the very finish of the grand prix.
“I remembered final yr, what had occurred, it was precisely the identical state of affairs, however right here we’re, this time we managed to maintain the place,” Ocon mentioned.
“However sure, it was scorching on the finish with Lando.”
Ocon’s factors in Saudi Arabia imply Alpine are P4 within the Constructors’ Championship with 16 factors, 21 behind Crimson Bull and 4 forward of Haas.
It may have been much more had Alonso not retired.
“Two excellent weeks, we’re scoring a whole lot of factors on our aspect of the storage, and that’s nice,” added Ocon.
“It will have been an excellent end result too if Fernando hadn’t had any issues. It’s excellent for the crew and we have now to proceed on this route.”