Sergio Perez dig made in Fernando Alonso comparison by F1 teammate Esteban Ocon

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ALPINE driver Esteban Ocon has heaped reward on team-mate Fernando Alonso, suggesting their partnership is extra harmonious than the one he shared with Sergio Perez.

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Fernando Alonso might maintain one thing of a repute for being tough to work with, however Esteban Ocon is but to see that facet of the Spaniard. The truth is, he is in contrast the 2 and mentioned there’s no less than one side of his present relationship he enjoys much more than he did racing alongside Sergio Perez.

Alonso joined the Alpine roster forward of the 2021 marketing campaign after a three-year break from Components 1. It is comprehensible Ocon may need felt some apprehension over his signing on the time, revealing he was warned concerning the two-time world champion by others within the paddock.

The truth has been rather a lot smoother, nonetheless, and Ocon has aimed a dig at his former comrade for not figuring out ‘when to cease’. Regardless of being cautioned about Alonso’s habits—akin to taking part in “thoughts video games” along with his team-mates—Ocon got here to understand the 2 “have rather a lot in widespread.”

“We each love racing greater than anybody else and he’s proving it by what he does,” mentioned the 25-year-old throughout a current look on Past the Grid. “He is gained two titles, gained probably the most prestigious races on the planet, is coming again to F1 and remains to be as quick as he was. Every part he does is about racing and that goes for me too. And you may giggle with him too, he is a humorous man.”

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Sergio Perez dig made in Fernando Alonso comparison by F1 teammate Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon has praised associate Fernando Alonso (Picture: Getty)

“Very completely different,” replied Ocon when requested how his dynamic with Alonso compares to that of Perez, whom he suggests would generally push their contests too far. “With Checo it was shut, however we did not full the races. Then it was simply too shut. With Alonso we all know how far we will push it.”

Ocon has completed forward of Alonso in all 5 races up to now this season and celebrated a powerful eighth-place end on the Miami Grand Prix regardless of beginning final on the grid. The Normandy native sits ninth within the drivers’ standings, whereas Alonso is slumped in sixteenth after securing simply two factors.


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Sergio Perez dig made in Fernando Alonso comparison by F1 teammate Esteban Ocon

Sergio Perez joined Pink Bull from Racing Level (Picture: Getty)

There’s concord between the pair regardless of working collectively for less than 18 months, too. Or no less than in comparison with Ocon’s former Drive India associate Perez, who has since taken his aggressive edge to Pink Bull.

Alonso’s sole top-10 end of the yr to this point got here on the Bahrain Grand Prix within the opening week. He’ll hope to enhance that report in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, nonetheless, and can look to take action with Ocon pushing him on to higher issues in Barcelona.


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