Alpine looks back on an average race in Baku after Ocon had to retire on lap four and Alonso managed P6 in the end.
The Spaniard delivered a good performance in the last two laps after a late restart of the race and finished the race in his best position since the 2018 Australian GP. It was his best performance of his comeback by far, highlighted by his mega restart at the end.
“I am happy for the team that we took some good points from this weekend,” Alonso said.
“I felt we deserved it after a challenging weekend. The final laps were a lot of fun and we tried to attack and be aggressive to recover some places. The weekend was quite solid for us but we did lack a little bit of pace during the race. So we need to review that but I am happy with the day in the end and we’ll look to take this forward into France.”
Both drivers got away well after the start and Alonso was in seventh after lap 1 and Ocon in P11. But on lap 4 it was the end for Ocon, who had to park his car after a sudden loss of power.
“I didn’t seem to catch a break here,” Ocon said.
“it’s very tricky obviously and we had a pressure loss and had to retire the car very early on. We had a good start, and I was in front of both McLarens and fighting with those around us. I was doing my race and it was going well and the pace was there for the top ten, which Fernando showed in the end. It was not our weekend, that’s clear, but we will turn the page and look forward to the next one, the French Grand Prix. It’s going to be an awesome one for me, I can’t wait to race there again.”
Marcin Budkowski, Executive Director, said after the race that he was happy on the one hand and disappointed on the other.
“The race didn’t start well with Esteban having to stop with a power unit problem and Fernando’s race pace was not competitive, for which we need to understand the reasons,” he said.
“Overall it wasn’t a great afternoon but we can be glad that the two drivers who had issues were fine and it did give us some exciting action after the restart. The heart-warming positive was some Fernando magic to regain four positions and finish P6, which is a great reward for everyone’s hard work. He’s back in a very competitive state and we now need to work together to get back on form at the next race in France.”