When he was invited to RMC on Thursday three days before the Hungarian Doctor won last year, the French driver at Alpine, Esteban Ocon indicated that the goal at the end of the season was to finish ahead of McLaren in the constructors’ classification.
Four is the number of points separating Alpine, 4th in the constructors’ world championship from McLaren, 5th. On Sunday, during the French Grand Prix, the 6th and 8th positions of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon allowed the French team to take 4th place at the expense of McLaren. “Eight is not the best result but it is important to score, to continue to get a good score, estimated Esteban Ocon, Thursday on RMC. We have to finish ahead of McLaren. We have to beat them in the constructors’ championship.”
“Alpine is the most improved team”
Ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix where he won last year, Ocon, number 8 in the world championship, is also hoping to finish ahead of Lando Norris (7th with a lead of 14 points). “It’s a goal to catch him in the drivers’ championship. It’s clear that we will fight all season with the McLarens. It will be a battle until the end. It’s a goal that “we can do that. It is doable. Lando is a young man who puts the gas on, we know him very well. It is a team that has made great strides. We saw him at Paul-Ricard (Castellet circuit). It will be a difficult task but we are ready. take it.”
Especially since Alpine is still developing: “We are in a very good moment. Alpine is the team that has developed the most, has a lot of ideas, offers small improvements. Some teams may already be very used. Still have a lot of good things to come… You will still hear about Alpine until the end of the year”, concludes Ocon.