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Alonso reveals Ocon helped him in F1 comeback

SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Alpine A521 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso said it was beneficial to have a reference in Esteban Ocon as he returned to Formula 1 with Alpine this year.


  • Alonso returned to the sport after multiple years without racing in Formula 1, as he committed to other series like WEC.
  • The Spaniard said it was good to have a “very fast reference” in E steban Ocon as he got “up to speed” in his return.

What he said:

  • “It has been very close this year. At the beginning of the year, it was not even close. I was not up to speed, for sure. So it was very helpful to have Esteban on top of his game.”
  • “To try to get up to speed with a very fast reference was a good thing for me. I could make my adaptation a little bit shorter thanks to Esteban as well, to have that reference.”
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