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Alpine F1: Ocon’s Struggle to Fight in the Pack

Alpine F1 : Ocon 'could not minimize

Esteban Ocon expresses satisfaction in being able to compete for points during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Alpine F1 driver took advantage of being in the pack to observe the behavior of other cars and gain insight into the weaknesses of his A524.

“I think it was an opportunistic race, that’s how we should call it,” stated Ocon. “I think we were virtually in tenth position at one point, because Kevin had a penalty.”

“We navigated, we fought, and there were plenty of battles. But in the end, it wasn’t enough. We had reached a point that we couldn’t maintain. In fact, we were faster than what the car could handle towards the end, and we slipped back.”

“So it’s clear that we need to improve for the upcoming races. By racing more closely with other drivers, it was easier to spot their weaknesses than in Bahrain. We’ll keep digging, pushing, and I’ll be at the factory this week, so I’ll continue to push for solutions with the team.

“Compared to Bahrain, I think we identified a lot of areas for improvement here. But there’s still a lot to work on, and we are aware of that.”

Ocon reveals that the team realized late last year that their car would be slow: “In the simulator in December, I think that’s when we realized there were issues that needed to be addressed.”

“That’s probably when it dawned on us. I think throughout the year, we need to improve, step by step. Obviously, it will take time, it won’t happen overnight.”

“Continuous developments throughout the year”

He also hopes to see good updates within his team: “There are plans to bring continuous developments throughout the year. So we hope that after each update, we will see progress.”

Despite gaining positions during the race, Ocon is frustrated by not being at the level of most cars around him and believes that the Jeddah circuit helped him maintain the positions he had gained.

“I couldn’t really fight. It’s a bit much to say that we could fight. We managed to stay ahead in one way or another, but on a normal circuit, I believe, with normal situations, and without fighting, we’re still behind.”

The French driver has no issue with Haas F1’s strategy to secure a point: “It was aggressive. But I like it, so I have no complaints about it. Is it too much? I don’t know. It’s up to the FIA to decide if it’s too much or not,

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