At Spa-Francorchamps, Fernando Alonso finished fifth and Esteban Ocon seventh in an exciting and eventful Belgian Grand Prix.
While Fernando Alonso went under the checkered flag in sixth place, a post-race penalty given to Charles Leclerc gave the Spanish driver fifth place and the 10 points that go with it. Esteban Ocon rode a very good race, brought to excess, and went from sixteenth to seventh place, leaving with 6 points in his pocket.
Fernando Alonso climbed from third on the grid to second before meeting Lewis Hamilton at Les Combes. Fortunately, the damage was minimal on the Alpine and he was able to continue the race. Esteban Ocon started cautiously and managed to avoid pitfalls while scoring chances to win points.
Both drivers had a two stop strategy, Fernando Alonso with two medium stops before switching to hard tires and Esteban Ocon with a medium hard plan.
Note also the two passes of the French driver, one in the final chicane and then another not far from the finish over Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly in Les Combes, which allowed him to pass from ninth to seventh place. This result is the fourth consecutive top 10 for the Enstone team.
The team remains fourth in the Constructors’ Championship and at the same time crosses the 100-point barrier with 115 units on the clock.
Two Alpines in points in Belgium
I am happy with today’s result and this fifth place. Our performance proves that we are, consistently, the leading cars in the middle of the table. When we run our race well, these are the results we can expect. We also received a small reward and punishment given to Charles Leclerc at the end, but we take it.
Colliding with Lewis Hamilton is unfortunate, but it’s a racing event and the car seemed fine to me despite the contact. Looking back, we can be very happy with our weekend here, and more championship points have been gained when we look at Zandvoort.
It’s a great way to end what has been a great weekend for the team. The car was fast, and I personally had a lot of fun on the track today, especially with the double passes. Congratulations to the team for a job well done this weekend. We can all be proud. I felt confident throughout the race and the car felt really good.
Who knows what would have happened if we had started higher on the grid! We leave Spa satisfied, with a sense of achievement, and also with a good yield of points for the team, which allows us to consolidate our fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.