Esteban Ocon believes Alpine has proven it may be a part of the struggle on the entrance with Mercedes and Crimson Bull in 2022.
Alpine completed the 2021 season fifth within the constructors’ championship with some standout outcomes together with Ocon’s victory in Hungary and Fernando Alonso’s podium in Qatar. With Alpine taking its alternatives for large scores, Ocon says it has proven that it may deal with the stress on the entrance and execute races from a teamwork standpoint, and now simply wants a profitable automotive.
“We knew we didn’t have the quickest automotive, we didn’t have the quickest package deal total to be preventing on the entrance,” Ocon stated. “However as quickly as there was a chance we had been there to have the ability to take them — Qatar, Saudi, Budapest, virtually Sochi for Fernando…
“We wished to operationally be on prime of our sport and we’ve executed so (in 2021) and I feel we will be happy with that as a result of meaning once we’re going to have a quick automotive we will be preventing up there with the highest vehicles and the highest groups with out being afraid.”
Ocon admits he additionally takes some extra confidence from having the ability to name himself a grand prix winner, however says he didn’t change his strategy both facet of the victory in Budapest.
“For certain it’s a terrific feeling and I’m additionally glad that we’ve obtained that out of the way in which, additionally for the crew. Clearly it’s the first time for the reason that Renault comeback within the new period of Formulation 1, so subsequent time — hopefully quickly — that we’ll be in that place we all know the way it feels and we don’t have as a lot stress. We will simply do our job and make it occur.
“However in my case I’m nonetheless working the identical approach as I did. The blokes that I’ve round me had been in fact actually happy with having that win, it’s the primary one for a lot of of them, however we need to have extra of these moments. We all know we have now a great distance and lots of onerous work arising, nevertheless it feels good and I’m proud to have lived that with them, with such a proficient bunch of individuals.”