Alpine driver Esteban Ocon won his first race last weekend at the Hungarian GP. Despite this, their director Alan Permane has confirmed that the team has not found more pace in their car.

The Hungarian GP brought forward an excellent result for the French team as Ocon picked up his first win and his teammate, Alonso was promoted to P4 after Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification. The team is now sitting in P5 in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of their competitors AlphaTauri and Aston Martin.

Permane has analyzed this performance and feels that they will not be able to replicate such a performance at the next race at Spa Francorchamps: “[The] next race is a tough one. It’s a long, quick track and we’re a bit nervous about that in the race.

“We don’t feel we have the same performance on those very long tracks, the high energy demand tracks, but we’re not thinking that far ahead at the moment.”

Despite the team’s exceptional performance at the Hungaroring and Alonso’s strikingly strong defense against Lewis Hamilton’s W12, the sporting director does not think the team has found additional pace in the A521 car.

“I don’t think so, unfortunately. I think if you look at where we were in qualifying… This track we felt would suit us.”

“I think we are where we are. We will continue learning [about] the car and we will continue improving it, but only by small amounts like others will do [with] theirs.”

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