Szafnauer happy to let Alonso and Ocon race each other

Szafnauer happy to let Alonso and Ocon race each other

Alpine staff principal Otmar Szafnauer stated he’s comfortable to let his two drivers proceed to race one another following the showdown in the course of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso‘s jostle for place was one of many main highlights of Sunday’s race, particularly at a time when the highest 4 seemed settled.

The pair overtook each other and whereas different groups might have advised their drivers to remain in place, Alpine had been comfortable to let the 2 battle it out.

“It was tremendous, it was clear,” staff principal Otmar Szafnauer stated as per The Race.

“It’s what the followers wish to see. And we advised them at the start, we’ll enable them to race.

“We had been dropping a little bit bit extra time than anticipated. That’s a little bit bit due to the observe particular stuff right here and a little bit bit as a result of the automobiles can observe one another simpler now, which was the intention of the brand new laws.

“And due to it, if you happen to can observe simpler, you can begin overtaking one another one lap after the subsequent.”

The draw back of the battle was it allowed Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas to shut the hole on the 2. Ocon was finally advised to carry place behind Alonso nevertheless it backfired because the Frenchman was overtaken by the Finn.

Szafnauer was requested by The Race if the staff would problem orders had been they liable to dropping a spot to a different staff.

“That’s precisely the kind of factor we now have to have a look at – when can we inform them to not begin overtaking one another as a result of it does value you time?” he replied.

“That’s precisely the trade-off.”


Whereas the battle between the 2 might have induced Szafnauer some pointless stress, he shall be have happy to see his new staff preventing for point-scoring positions. They’re fourth within the Constructors’ Championship – behind Ferrari, Mercedes and Crimson Bull – however would have scored much more had Alonso’s automobile not failed late on.

“It’s a excessive pace observe right here, the partitions are shut, however they did precisely what we talked about earlier than the race,” Szafnauer stated.

“And it was good for everyone. Because it turned out, had Fernando not stopped on observe, we’d have been sixth and seventh.

“We did give the followers a little bit of a present. And I believe that’s what it’s about. You’ve received to allow them to race.”



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