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Alpine: Ocon must be more careful while racing his teammate

Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso racing each other. Credits: Reddit.

Otmar Szafnauer has said that Esteban Ocon needs to be more careful and make “better judgments” while racing his teammate on track.

During the 2022 season, there were some occasions in which Ocon risked ruining his and his teammate’s race. Szafnauer hopes that the Frenchman has learned from his mistakes and nothing similar will happen with Pierre Gasly next season.

“He needs to probably make better judgments when his teammates are next to him because you don’t win it on the first lap, teammate or not,” he said of Ocon.

“And if you’re aggressive against a competitor, and you both go out, you both lose. If you’re aggressive against the teammate, and you both go out, guess who loses? So it’s just that better judgment, and get them later.”

Szafnauer also added that Ocon improved as a driver since the last time they worked together, mentioning his win in Hungary back in 2021 as an example.

“He’s definitely more mature. He’s got a better understanding. I think the thing that really pleases me about Esteban is that under pressure, he often does not make a mistake. I’ve seen it with him when he won against Vettel. I was there, we had a faster car. And he did not make a mistake.

“He placed his car, driving in his mirrors in the right place, not one mistake, to take the win. I think it was even more impressive for me in wet conditions, drying in Suzuka, not an easy track to drive, with Lewis behind you, in a quicker car the entire time, and you finish ahead of him.

“That to me is impressive. So he’s matured, he’s got better in that regard. And he is fast. Can he make improvements? Yeah, we will work on getting him better in some areas.”

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