Esteban Ocon has hailed his teammate Fernando Alonso, whose valiant efforts to keep Lewis Hamilton at bay gifted Alpine their first win.
It is the first time since 2013 that the team, then known as Lotus, stood on the top step of the podium. Ocon became the first French driver in a French-engined French car to win a Grand Prix since Alain Prost in 1983. When addressing an ecstatic crowd at the Hungaroring, he said it was all down to his teammate who helped him win.
“It feels so good,” he said. “It’s the first victory obviously since the Renault group came back into Formula 1. We had some difficult moments this season that we overcame together with the team.
“And today, what can I say? it’s fantastic. Congrats to Fernando as well, because I think the win is also thanks to him with the fights that he did. It’s teamwork, all that. I think it’s been a fantastic day.
“Everyone told me a lot of things about Fernando before I came, but, everything is wrong. I can tell you he is a fantastic guy inside working, and I’m really enjoying the collaboration we have together.”
The finish for Alpine leapfrogs them from 7th to 5th in the constructor’s title, with Ocon now ahead of Alonso by three points.