Esteban Ocon expressed some regret over how his time working with Fernando Alonso at Alpine ended. The two engaged in wheel-to-wheel combat during the most recent Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
The Alpine cars collided twice on the first lap of the Sprint at Interlagos. First scraping bodywork before Alonso crashed into the rear of Ocon’s vehicle on the pit straight. For the latter incident, the stewards assessed the Spaniard a five-second time penalty.
After the race, Alonso said, “It’s far from ideal when it’s your teammate, but it’s been a bit like this [with Ocon] all year,” before adding, “It’s one more race and then it’s finished, finally,” about his switch to Aston Martin.
“It’s no secret that I was upset to see Alonso’s remarks after the race, Ocon stated when asked about them when the F1 paddock gathered for the last time in 2022 at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi finale. Some of the criticism he received wasn’t necessary.”
“But he has my utmost regard. I will always be in awe of what he has accomplished on the track. I felt a little let down despite the fact that he is sports great and that won’t change.”
Esteban Ocon responds to jabs
Alpine beat primary rivals, McLaren, to P4 in the constructors’ championship. Thanks to Ocon’s seventh-place result at Yas Marina, the team’s season came to a successful conclusion.
Additionally, it meant that the French driver finished seventh in the drivers’ standings, 11 points, and one position ahead of Alonso, who will replace Sebastian Vettel in 2023 in the Aston Martin lineup.
Pierre Gasly will join Ocon at Alpine, making the duo the first full-time all-French driver lineup in a Renault-backed squad since Rene Arnoux and Alain Prost in 1982.
After that incident, Ocon handled himself professionally in front of the TV cameras, but Alonso appeared unconcerned. After that, he had just one more race weekend left in his Alpine career before completing his transfer to Aston Martin in time for the upcoming season.
He also expressed his happiness that the move was so close. If the Frenchman was asked if he had spoken to him after their collision, Alonso responded, “No, not really – I don’t need to. It will be over after one more race, at last.”
Ocon expressed his regret that the 41-year-old felt that way in response to those remarks. It’s no secret that I was disappointed in seeing his comments after the race, he told the reporters.