BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 01.09.2022 14:58
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the fifteenth race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Dutch Grand Prix.Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer share their thoughts on the fifteenth race of the season at Zandvoort.Otmar Szafnauer: "Last year, the Dutch Grand Prix was a highlight of the season, as it brought something a little bit different to the calendar. Above all, it's a great race for the fans, who create a fantastic atmosphere and that only makes racing even more enjoyable. It will be interesting to see how the event has improved since last year. The on-track racing was great last season with overtaking possible around the lap. Our target is to be in the mix for points again and aim to have a similar, if not better, result than we did last weekend in Belgium and extend our lead in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship. There's a long way to go in the season but being consistently strong is at the top of our priority list."Esteban Ocon: "It's great to come back to such a historical circuit like Zandvoort. Of course, the sport made a comeback to The Netherlands last year and I also raced there in DTM in 2016 so I know the circuit and enjoy driving it for sure. The contrast between Zandvoort and Spa is huge. We go from long and flowing laps to a much shorter and very twisty track. It's a cool circuit, really undulating, fast and flowing which requires a huge amount of focus and commitment. The setting is also pretty spectacular, being right on the beach, and it is also very close to Amsterdam which is always a cool and vibrant city to visit. And the fans really put on a great show, the atmosphere all weekend is electric."Fernando Alonso: "Zandvoort is a fun place to visit. We have only been there once before, but it's now obviously much bigger thanks in part to the rise of Max [Verstappen]. The whole atmosphere and buzz from the Dutch fans reminds me a little of the early 2000s when the Spanish fans really fell in love with the sport. The atmosphere is really great and I'm sure we will experience the same thing again this weekend. It's a double header but we are excited to get back in the car especially after the team's performance in Spa also with the fastest pit stop."  2022 Dutch Grand Prix Factfile:  The grid for the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix was Spain's best-ever in the history of Formula 1, with Fernando Alonso starting third and Carlos Sainz first. •    Fernando has nine consecutive top ten race finishes, with the highest position being fifth recorded at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. It's a run only bettered by Championship leader Max Verstappen. •    Esteban Ocon has also raced at Zandvoort in the DTM in 2016. Shortly after, he joined Manor in Formula 1 for the remainder of the season.•    The team have finished with double points in four races in a row, a run dating back to the Austrian Grand Prix. •    Both Alpine drivers scored at last year's Dutch Grand Prix, with Fernando finishing in sixth and Esteban ninth. •    The first-ever Dutch Grand Prix was in 1952. •    Renault-powered cars have had one win, four podiums, and four poles, one fastest lap, and 39 points in the Netherlands.
Double top ten and Sweet 16 for BWT Alpine F1 Team in enthralling Belgian Grand Prix

Double top ten and Sweet 16 for BWT Alpine F1 Team in enthralling Belgian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 29.08.2022 08:12
BWT Alpine F1 Team secured its fourth double top ten finish in a row as Fernando Alonso finished fifth and Esteban Ocon seventh in a thrilling, incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps to claim 16 points.Fernando had finished sixth at the chequered flag, but with Charles Leclerc's post-race penalty, the Spaniard was promoted to fifth to take 10 points. Esteban enjoyed a superb, overtaking-dominated display, as he progressed from sixteenth to seventh for his six points.Fernando made a fast start from third on the grid to leap to second before colliding with Lewis Hamilton into Les Combes. Fortunately, minimal damage was sustained to his A522 and he was able to continue the race. Esteban made a sensible start and did well to stay out of trouble as he made moves towards the points-scoring positions.Both drivers were on a two-stop strategy – Fernando with two stints on Mediums before switching to Hards – with Esteban on a Medium-Hard-Medium plan.Esteban made two double overtakes – one into the final chicane – the other in the closing stages of the race on Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly into Les Combes to jump from ninth to seventh.The team remains fourth in the Constructors' Championship, passing the 100-point mark on 115 points heading into the second race of the triple header next weekend in Zandvoort.Esteban Ocon, started P16, finished P7: "What a way to wrap up what's been a fantastic weekend for the team. The car was fast, and I personally had a lot of fun out there racing today, especially with those double overtakes. Well done to the team for their work this weekend, we can all be proud of ourselves. I was feeling confident all race and the car felt great and who knows what could've happened if we had started further up the road! We leave Spa satisfied, knowing it was a job well done, as well as a good haul of points for the team to extend our fourth position in the Constructors' Championship. Bring on Zandvoort."Fernando Alonso, started P3, finished P5: "I am happy with the result today with fifth place. Our performance shows that we are consistently ahead in the midfield. It's clear that when we execute our races well, these are the results we can expect to score. We were also handed a little gift with the penalty to Charles [Leclerc] at the end, but we'll take it. The incident with Lewis [Hamilton] was also unfortunate, but it's a racing incident and the car seemed fine despite the contact. We can look back and be very pleased with our weekend here with more points scored in both championships as we look ahead to Zandvoort next."Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal: "We can be exceptionally pleased with our performance in today's race. Taking a sweet sixteen points after starting from third and sixteenth on the grid is a very good effort and certainly deserved. It was a busy race for the drivers who did well to come away unscathed after an entertaining opening few laps. Fernando was unfortunate to collide with Lewis [Hamilton] on the opening lap and it was lucky he did not sustain too much damage. Esteban too had to be sensible to take advantage of some opportunities in front, which allowed him to push towards the points-scoring positions. It was great to see both of our drivers enjoying some brilliant wheel to wheel racing at times and it was equally pleasing to see some fantastic overtakes throughout. It's been another brilliant event for the fans who will enjoy returning to Belgium next year, which is very good news for Formula 1. We'll reflect on today's race, assess where we can continue to improve, and head to Zandvoort ready to do it all over again!"
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 24.08.2022 20:23
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the fourteenth race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Belgian Grand Prix.Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer share their thoughts on the fourteenth race of the season at Spa-Francorchamps. Otmar Szafnauer: "We are all feeling re-energised after the enforced Formula 1 summer shutdown. It's always a good time to take stock on the season so far, reflect on the positives and assess some of the areas for improvement. Now, we are all feeling ready and motivated for the second part of the season where there is so much to play for in terms of the championship. Clearly the team has been quite prominent in the world media in the days after Hungary and just before the summer break, however, it is absolutely no distraction for us once we hit the race track again. While we're losing a fantastic asset in Fernando for next year, his decision has zero bearing on what we want to achieve together in 2022. We'll be pushing hard as a team - with both Fernando and Esteban in the car for the remainder of the year - in order to put ourselves in the best possible position to meet the aforementioned targets for this championship season. I know both drivers are highly motivated so we're all looking forward to channeling that energy on track."Esteban Ocon: "Spa is a place that I know most drivers really enjoy driving at, including myself. It's even more special for me as it is where I made my Formula 1 debut in 2016. It was a moment I'll never forget, a moment where a dream came true. In terms of performance, there's been some good results in the past like when I qualified third in 2018 and when we finished fourth and fifth in the race in 2020. It's also the track where we also lost Anthoine a few years back. We are always racing with him in our thoughts and I still personally think about him every day."Fernando Alonso: "We all miss racing in August but the time off to recharge the batteries is needed. After 20 years of racing at the pinnacle of motorsports, I have learnt that taking some time to recover is very important, especially during such a hectic year. Now that we have more than 20 races in a season, it's even more important to make sure you maximise your recovery time. But it's important to keep some exercise routine, as once we get back to racing it's relentless until December. I do enjoy racing at Spa. It's one of the most historic races on the calendar. We usually have interesting races there as the circuit lends itself to lots of overtaking opportunities."2022 Belgian Grand Prix Factfile:  Fernando Alonso has scored eight consecutive top ten race finishes, with the highest position being fifth at the British Grand Prix. Alpine has scored points in nine consecutive races in 2022.            Esteban Ocon made his Formula 1 debut with Manor at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix. Esteban has reached Q3 in all but one of his six qualifying sessions in Spa. He also recorded the best qualifying result of his career to date with third on the grid at the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. This is the longest track on the calendar, with a track length of 7.004km The first Belgium Grand Prix was in 1950 and there have been 28 different drivers that have won a race at the track. Renault-powered cars have had eight wins, 28 podiums, and nine poles, and ten fastest laps and 457 points in Belgium.
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 27.07.2022 18:02
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the thirteenth race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix.Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer share their thoughts on the thirteenth race of the season at the Hungaroring. Otmar Szafnauer: "We are reasonably satisfied with the first half of the 2022 season. Coming into the year, there was a sense of heading into the unknown with the change of regulations, different looking cars and the ambition of harder and closer racing on-track. I think there's more to come in terms of achieving the ultimate objective of wheel-to-wheel racing, corner after corner, but, we've seen some excellent races at the majority of Grands Prix. In terms of our performance, we're in a strong position to achieve our season aim of being fourth place in the Constructors' Championship. Regularly, we are the fourth fastest car, even if we have not extracted or shown that potential as much as we'd have liked. That said, we are learning and developing the car at a fast rate, which is thanks to the hard work of everyone at the team across Enstone and Viry to ensure we're making progress towards the front. I firmly believe we will achieve our goals by the end of the season. Right now, though, our focus is on this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix and backing up our good result in France last weekend. We want to enter the summer break feeling pleased but also motivated to turn the screw in the Championship come Belgium and beyond."Esteban Ocon: "I feel good, and it will be emotional to be back in Budapest for sure. I can already feel all the memories of last year coming back. But that was last year, and we need to be fully focused as a team to deliver another solid weekend. It will be important to go into the shutdown with a feeling of having really cemented that fourth spot in the Constructors' Championship. We know it will be difficult, but we have the team and the tools to do just that. We will be giving it one last push before a well-earned break for the team who have worked incredibly hard all year. I do really enjoy the track and it's one of my favourites, and not just because I won there! I like the second sector and how fast and flowing it is. It seems you don't get a break from turn four to turn 11, and if your set-up is good that sequence of corners can feel really nice and make you feel like you're extracting the maximum from the car. It's a really fun track to drive."Fernando Alonso: "It was a good Sunday for us after a challenging weekend. We found it quite tricky to find the right setup during Practice and we weren't quite happy with the balance until just before Qualifying. However, we showed that when we can have a clean weekend, to aim for the top seven positions is a very realistic goal for us as we were pretty comfortable in the race. Obviously Budapest is where I took my first-ever win in Formula 1. We had a good car that year and we were building something very strong towards the next few years. But, we weren't expecting a win that year. I think we found the circuit to really suit our package. Of course, there was last year too, which was Alpine's first-ever win. The race also tends to be fall around my birthday, so it's a good weekend for me with lots of memories and hard to choose one. It's a fun track and a real challenge as a driver, with its tight and twisty nature."2022 Hungarian Grand Prix Factfile:  The Hungarian GP has been on the calendar every year since 1986 Fernando Alonso has finished in the points for the last seven consecutive races, with his highest position being fifth at the 2022 British Grand Prix. Fernando will make his 19th appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix – which put him equal with Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen as the drivers to have made the most starts at the track in Formula 1. Fernando and Lewis Hamilton can extend their record as the drivers to have scored on the most occasions at the Hungarian Grand Prix (both on 14). Both drivers have won at this track - Esteban Ocon in 2021 and Fernando in 2003. Esteban has scored points in nine of the thirteen races this season.  Alpine has now scored points in eight consecutive races. Renault-powered cars have had nine wins, 30 podiums, and 10 poles, and 12 fastest laps in Hungary.
BWT Alpine F1 Team into fourth position in Constructors' after double points from home Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team into fourth position in Constructors' after double points from home Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 25.07.2022 10:02
BWT Alpine F1 Team moved into fourth place in the Constructors' Championship after claiming double points from its home race – the French Grand Prix – at Circuit Paul Ricard with Fernando Alonso a superb sixth and Esteban Ocon in eighth.Esteban's four points brings his first score in Formula 1 at his home race at the third attempt, progressing from tenth to eighth place at the chequered flag. Fernando enjoyed a strong Sunday – his seventh points score in a row - with his overtake on McLaren's Lando Norris on lap one proving decisive in closing out sixth place at the end. Today, the Spaniard set the Formula 1 record for most ever laps completed as he moved onto 18,672 career laps in Grand Prix racing.Esteban received a five second time penalty after a collision with Yuki Tsunoda on lap one, but, after serving that during his sole pit-stop, the Frenchman showed patience to recover the deficit and ensure he came home with points courtesy of a second well-crafted overtake around the outside of Turn 10 on McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo.Both drivers were strong off the line from seventh and tenth on the grid with Fernando holding sixth and Esteban eighth. A Safety Car on lap 18 after Charles Leclerc's crash allowed most of the field to pit. Fernando pitted first for Hards with Esteban soon after – taking his penalty during the pit-stop – to come out behind Ricciardo who he had earlier passed on lap seven with a move into the Turn 8 chicane.From there, Fernando cruised to sixth place at the flag, keeping Norris well at bay, while Esteban had to be patient, and then clinical, to snatch eighth from Ricciardo seven laps from the end with a neat move on the outside of Turn 10.The team moves onto 93 points in the Constructors' Championship heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix – the final race before the summer shutdown.Esteban Ocon, started P10, finished P8: "The goal today was to score points with both cars, and we've done just that! I'm happy with my race today and it was brilliant to drive in front of the home fans who have been incredible all weekend, so thanks to them for all their support. It was a tough one out there in the heat, and I enjoyed the on-track racing with some tight battles. We're now fourth in the Constructors' Championship, so we leave here feeling very positive and motivated to keep that position. I do hope we race in France next year as there is nothing quite like a home Grand Prix. Merci to all the fans and allez Alpine!"Fernando Alonso, started P7, finished P6: "I am pleased with our race today. It was well-executed from our side and we managed the pace and tyres well. We had to work through a lot of things in terms of the car balance this weekend, but we ended up finishing just behind the top five positions, so a very solid race in the end and more points on the board for us. I had a good start climbing up to fifth, but then we dropped to sixth and perhaps resumed our normal position in the race. It shows that when we have a clean weekend like this one, then we can finish in the top six positions. Hopefully we can keep-up this level of consistency throughout the second half of the season and continue our momentum." Laurent Rossi, CEO Alpine: "We're very pleased to score strongly with both cars from our home race and we're now ahead in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship and, I must say, it is deserved. It was great to race at Circuit Paul Ricard today in front of such passionate home fans, so thanks to them for their fantastic support all weekend. On track, we knew we had a great chance to score well with both cars today. We needed a good start, which we achieved, and well executed races by both team and drivers. Fernando did a great job to get past Lando [Norris] at the start and from there he managed his race brilliantly to score eight points in sixth. Esteban too had a great start but was given a time-penalty for his collision on lap one with Yuki [Tsunoda]. He had to keep his head down to claw back the advantage he gained, and his patience and decisiveness was key in passing the second McLaren of Daniel [Ricciardo] for eighth place. Now our objective is clear. We must do everything we can to remain in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship. It won't be easy, but we must keep our flow of upgrades coming and put together strong race weekends - like we have done at home in France this weekend - for the remainder of the season."
BWT Alpine F1 Team into fourth position in Constructors' after double points from home Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 French Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 21.07.2022 10:47
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the twelfth race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the French Grand Prix.Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer share their thoughts on the twelfth race of the season at Circuit Paul Ricard. Otmar Szafnauer: "It's always exciting when it's a home Grand Prix, and we're looking forward to flying the French flag on home soil at Circuit Paul Ricard this weekend. Racing at any Grand Prix is special but when it's in front of a home crowd, it just makes the experience even more enjoyable and humbling. It makes all the staff at Alpine very proud to be part of a Formula 1 team and we're aiming to do everyone proud on track this weekend. Again, we've demonstrated that we're competitive, even if it was not a perfect weekend. We're working hard on not only short-term fixes but also long-term solutions to prevent the issues we experienced in Austria from coming up again. Our most recent performance in Austria  last weekend was a good benchmark on the improvements we've made this season. We're tied for fourth on points in the championship and now the next step is to solidify that spot, and that means executing clean weekends with regular points from both cars. We have back-to-back Grands Prix coming up and it's important we come away with strong finishes from both of those to tighten our grip before the summer break and that's our collective focus point right now."Esteban Ocon: "There isn't a feeling quite like racing in your own country and seeing the passion of the home fans when arriving to the circuit, or, in the grandstands when driving past. I'll also have my own grandstand this weekend which is a first for me and a dream come true. I know the atmosphere will be amazing in the 'Esteban Ocon Grandstand' and throughout the grounds in what is a sold-out race weekend. It's always special going back to Le Castellet, a track we all know well. It's a circuit famous for its mix of high-speed straights and the demanding sequences of low and medium-speed corners. The low-speed section heading onto the Mistral straight is tight and requires a flexible set-up on the car. Then you have the faster, more technical section from Signes until the last corner which is quite demanding on the tyres. Qualifying is important here and getting the set-up right for Saturday afternoon will be key. I enjoyed the days off after Austria, but I am ready to jump back in the A522 and get my home Grand Prix weekend started."Fernando Alonso: "It's always fun to race in front of the French fans. Half of the team is based in France and so it's good to have a home race for us at Circuit Paul Ricard. It's a fun track and whilst I've raced at various French race circuits, I've only competed here twice before in Formula 1. It's a challenging circuit to get the car setup right, with quite a few high-speed sections followed by various low and medium speed corners. We seemed quite competitive at various circuits this year, so hopefully we can keep this up at Paul Ricard. I feel I am physically driving better than ever! Luck has been our biggest issue. It has often escaped us at crucial moments this season. If we can turn this around and get the luck that we deserve as a team, then I'm confident we can score big points and start to climb both drivers' and constructors' standings."2022 French Grand Prix Factfile: Driver/Team facts: Alpine has had seven points finishes in a row this season, only bettered by Mercedes [27] and Red Bull [10]. Fernando Alonso has finished in the points for the last six consecutive races. This run is only bettered currently by Max Verstappen [8] and Lewis Hamilton [7]. Fernando Alonso will overtake Kimi Räikkönen as the driver to have completed the most Grands Prix laps in Formula 1 history if he completes the opening three laps of the French Grand Prix. Fernando has completed 18,619 laps so far in his career. This will be the third time Esteban Ocon and Fernando have raced at Paul Ricard in their Formula 1 careers. Last time out in Austria, Esteban achieved his best result of the season after he finished in fifth position. This will be the 90th French Grand Prix, and Formula 1's eighteenth visit to Le Castellet. Alain Prost has the most wins at the circuit – a total of 4. Renault-powered cars have had two wins, six podiums, and three poles at Paul Ricard.
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

One-hundred up and season-best for Esteban in strong Austrian Grand Prix as Fernando fights back

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 10.07.2022 22:26
BWT Alpine F1 Team finished today's Austrian Grand Prix with both drivers in the points as Esteban Ocon celebrated his 100th Formula 1 race start in style with a fifth-place finish with Fernando Alonso climbing from the back row of the grid to the points with an excellent comeback drive.The team remains fifth in the Constructors' Championship on 81 points, level with McLaren.Esteban's comfortable fifth place after executing a two-stop strategy brings his best race result of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season after progressing from his sixth-place grid slot.After replacing a number of parts on the car after yesterday's starting grid issues, Fernando propelled from the back row of the grid to tenth at the chequered flag. It's the second time this season Fernando has progressed from the final row to the points after doing so in Spain earlier in the year.Esteban's race was largely uneventful as he benefitted from the retirements of Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz to go from sixth to fifth. Esteban started on Mediums and pitted on laps 16 and 44 for Hards to take him to the flag.After starting on Hards, Fernando pitted on lap 27 for Hards, lap 57 for Mediums under the Virtual Safety Car and again as a precaution a lap later after feeling vibrations in the car.The next race in two weeks' time sees the team gear up for its home race – the French Grand Prix – at Circuit Paul Ricard.Esteban Ocon, started P6, finished P5: "What a day, what a weekend! I think we really maximised the pace of the car today when it really mattered. It was a great way to cap off my 100th Grand Prix in Formula 1. There were some good fights on the track today, but in the end George [Russell] was too quick and fifth position was the best we could have achieved. We go home with some very good points after this weekend, moving up to eighth in the Drivers' Championship and now level with McLaren in the Constructors' Championship. As a team we are moving in the right direction and we have momentum on our side going into Paul Ricard, one of the team's home races, and of course mine as well. It should be an incredible weekend and I can't wait to be back in front of the home fans in two weeks' time."Fernando Alonso, started P19, finished P10: "One point is better than nothing considering we started on the back row today. I think it was one of my best races this season, other than probably at Silverstone last weekend. I think we were fighting for sixth or seventh positions, but then there were some strange vibrations on the tyres we fitted after our second stop under the Virtual Safety Car. As it was still under the VSC, we decided to stop again for another new set of tyres. Unfortunately, we lost some positions with this extra pit-stop and had to fight back on the last few laps. In the end we managed to take tenth position. Ultimately, only one point from this race feels a little bit of a shame for me, but we can be very happy with our overall pace and performance as a team this weekend."  Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal: "Firstly, congratulations to Esteban for marking his 100th Formula 1 Grand Prix start by scoring ten points in fifth place. He thoroughly deserved that after driving so well today and executing a very good two-stop strategy. By scoring so highly, combined with yesterday's effort in the Sprint, it means the team is continuing its momentum forwards after delivering some good upgrades at recent events. Fernando too drove exceptionally well to put behind yesterday's disappointment and go from the back of the grid through to a points-scoring position. We had some reliability issues this weekend, which means we cannot leave Austria feeling completely satisfied. We must focus on getting on top of these issues so we can have a trouble-free second half of the season. We clearly have a quick car, but we must also ensure all operational issues of the team are performing to a high standard, so we continue to score good points with both cars."
Esteban sixth in Austria Sprint as Fernando unable to take the start

Esteban sixth in Austria Sprint as Fernando unable to take the start

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 10.07.2022 16:30
BWT Alpine F1 Team's Esteban Ocon claimed sixth place in today's Austria Sprint with Fernando Alonso unable to start the race with a suspected electrical issue.Esteban's sixth place means he takes home three points from today's Sprint and will line-up for tomorrow's Austrian Grand Prix in the same spot. The team will investigate the issue on Fernando's car ahead of the race.Starting from fifth place, Esteban had a strong start, holding on to the same spot for the early part of the race. After edging ahead of Kevin Magnussen's Haas, Esteban was unable to keep the charging Red Bull of Sergio Perez behind who was able to overtake on lap 11.From there, Esteban pushed ahead to the chequered flag to claim sixth before stopping on the in-lap as a precaution, which the team is looking into.Esteban Ocon, started P5, finished P6:"I am definitely very satisfied with sixth place in today's Sprint. We had a decent start and managed to stay ahead of Kevin [Magnussen] in the first couple of laps, before building a healthy advantage over both Haas'. The Mercedes of George [Russell] was too quick for us and so, in the end, I feel we maximised today, securing a good starting position on the grid for tomorrow's Grand Prix and also picking up some points along the way. One more lap today and it could've been a different story, as I was forced to stop the car at Turn 1 during the in-lap. The team are currently looking into what happened and I'm confident we can be ready for tomorrow."Fernando Alonso, DNS:"It's a frustrating feeling not being able to start today's Sprint. We couldn't switch on the car on the grid, so we moved into the pit lane and then we tried an external battery, but there were still no signs of it switching on and we had to retire. The problem seems to be something electrical, and we are still investigating it. Unfortunately, despite driving very competitively this year, I've had some bad luck too. Hopefully we can change round our fortune tomorrow and we'll see what we can do in the race."Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal:"Unfortunately, today's Sprint Race did not play out to our expectations and we have not been able to capitalise on a good Qualifying performance from yesterday. While it's a great result for Esteban to start in sixth place for tomorrow's race, we're disappointed not to give Fernando the opportunity to start today's Sprint. It looks like an electrical issue on his car, which led to his A522 not firing up on the grid, in the pit lane or in the garage. We will assess the cause and also the options we have on his car ahead of tomorrow's race. Esteban showed some good pace today and we have some useful knowledge on the tyres, which we'll utilise to aid our strategy tomorrow. All is certainly not lost. Esteban has a great chance for some solid points tomorrow and, with Fernando, you can never say never, and I'm sure he will push hard to finish inside the top ten."
Esteban sixth in Austria Sprint as Fernando unable to take the start

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 07.07.2022 11:51
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the eleventh race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Austrian Grand Prix. Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer share their thoughts on the eleventh race of the season in Austria. Otmar Szafnauer: "After Silverstone, we've continued closing the gap to fourth place in the Constructors' Championship after Fernando's fifth in the race. Unfortunately, we weren't able to have both cars finish the race due to Esteban's retirement, which we now know was an electrical failure on the high-pressure fuel pump. Esteban was driving a great race and he recovered well from the lap one incident. The upgrades we introduced in Silverstone worked as expected and has given us a boost in on-track performance. Austria is the second Sprint event of the year and we'll have to dial ourselves in quickly with one practice session on Friday before Qualifying and I have every confidence that by Sunday we can come away with strong points. The weather can be unpredictable there and I think we have the ability to go well in Austria, rain or shine. It's the home race of our title partner BWT and we're equally looking forward to being with them over the race weekend and, hopefully, enjoying on-track success together!"Esteban Ocon: "Getting to triple digits in F1 is an achievement any driver would be proud of. You can say it's a number that reflects consistency in the sport and shows I am an established driver with good experience. But not quite as much experience as my teammate, I know! My dream was always to get to Formula 1, so it will feel good to say that I have taken part in 100 races with many more to come. But the focus is to have a smooth weekend with a good result on Sunday after the personal disappointment of Silverstone. I'm excited to come back to another classic track. It's a very picturesque place to race cars with a relatively short lap compared to other tracks we go to."Fernando Alonso: "Silverstone was a good result for us and I enjoyed battling near the front in the closing laps. We have to be happy with fifth. I think it was my best weekend so far in terms of our overall competitiveness and the result. I hope we can pick-up where we left off at Silverstone. It's a back to back so we have to keep up the energy levels. Luckily the races aren't too far apart so the travel isn't a huge factor on this double header. As the lap is short at the Red Bull Ring it's always very close and Qualifying is usually tight between a number of cars. One small error or loss of time can be the difference between Q2 and Q3. It's also a Sprint Qualifying weekend and I think the track will be quite good for this format because overtaking is possible there. I want to keep scoring points."2022 Austrian Grand Prix Factfile:  Driver/Team facts: Esteban Ocon is set to embark on his 100th Grand Prix in Formula 1 this weekend. Fernando Alonso has now raced the most kilometres in Formula 1 history, having overtaken Kimi Räikkönen at last weekend's British Grand Prix (now 92,643km). Fernando's fifth position finish at Silverstone was his best of the season and takes him over 2,000 points in Formula 1 (now 2,008). Fernando has finished in the points in his last three visits to the Red Bull Ring This will be the 500th Grand Prix in which a Spanish driver has competed. Spain will become the ninth nation to reach this milestone. Reserve driver Oscar Piastri won the first Feature Race of the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship in Austria. Renault-powered cars have had four wins, 10 podiums, five poles and five fastest laps at the Red Bull Ring.
All to play for at Silverstone as Fernando qualifies seventh and Esteban fifteenth

All to play for at Silverstone as Fernando qualifies seventh and Esteban fifteenth

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 03.07.2022 13:11
BWT Alpine F1 Team will start tomorrow's British Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso seventh and Esteban Ocon fifteenth on the grid after a wet Qualifying at a packed-out Silverstone. Fernando made it four consecutive Q3 appearances while Esteban could count himself unfortunate to drop out of qualifying in Q2, as a result of a power loss relating to a battery cooling issue during the session. Inconsistent weather at Silverstone has made track running challenging throughout the weekend with a mixed day yesterday repeated with a dry Free Practice 3 held earlier on Saturday before a washed-out afternoon Qualifying. Both drivers made it through Q1 after a series of laps on Intermediates with Fernando ending in tenth with a lap time of 1min 41.598secs and Esteban twelfth less than 0.2secs behind. Conditions grew worse for Q2 with laps set at the beginning of the session proving crucial for any chance of advancing to the top ten. Fernando progressed on a 1min 42.209secs with Esteban missing out in fifteenth after suffering a battery issue in the session. Aiming to repeat his heroics in Canada last time out, Fernando rose to first place after his first lap in Q1 before settling for third place as others completed competitive laps. The weather was set to be at its worse at the end of the session as Fernando's final lap time of 1min 42.116secs proving good enough for seventh place. Esteban Ocon, P15, 1:45.190:"It's been one of those tricky days for us today. A battery-related loss of power at the beginning of Q2 stopped us from being competitive in the session and we were out in fifteenth, which is not great ahead of tomorrow's race. I'm still positive, though, as we've started from further down this year and scored points, so the goal will be the same tomorrow. We're looking into the issue now and I trust that the team will get on top of it, and we'll be in good shape for the race. We can overtake here at Silverstone, so we'll have to take all available opportunities to have a decent result." Fernando Alonso: P7, 1:42.209: "There was more to come today and unfortunately we didn't maximise our last laps in Q3. On my first lap in Q3 we were in first, so it was going pretty well. Then, we crossed the line for our last lap with the battery nearly empty, so we couldn't unlock the full potential. I feel like we could have perhaps qualified inside the top five today. Tomorrow, we don't know if it will rain or not, so let's see if we can maximise our position and score points. The car feels good in the wet and dry and all of the data from the factory shows we've made a good step forward with our upgrades this weekend." Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal: "It's been quite a challenging weekend in Silverstone so far with the mixed weather conditions. Today, we feel slightly disappointed in our qualifying result as, not only do we have two drivers who relish wet weather, but also a race car that has proved in the past to be competitive in the rain like we saw in Canada two weeks ago. Fernando probably had the potential to be a couple of places higher with Q3 a matter of being on a fast lap at the right time, while Esteban was unfortunate with the battery being too cold for optimal performance. That said, we always look forwards and points are awarded on Sundays and we have a long race tomorrow, which will no doubt provide some good opportunities for both cars to progress. We're happy with the upgrades on the car, we've managed to gather some further understanding and data on those with the dry running we've completed at times this weekend. We're looking forward to tomorrow's race where the aim will be to have both cars inside the top ten at the chequered flag and I can see no reason why that aim is not achievable."
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Strong double points for Esteban and Fernando as BWT Alpine F1 Team score season best result

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 20.06.2022 08:19
BWT Alpine F1 Team scored a season best ten points from today's Canadian Grand Prix with Esteban Ocon finishing sixth and Fernando Alonso closely behind in seventh at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. A post-race penalty for Fernando added five seconds to his race time, meaning the Spaniard ended in ninth place.Starting from second place on the grid – his best qualifying effort in ten years – Fernando nursed a suspected air leak on his car to claim two points with Esteban playing the team game in guiding his team-mate across the line by compensating for the Spaniard's straight line speed deficit and allowing him DRS in the closing stages.With ten points scored today, the team remains in fifth place in the Constructors' Championship, eight points behind McLaren.Fernando enjoyed a clean start off the line to hold his second-place grid slot on the opening laps with Esteban able to progress a position to sixth. Fernando remained on-track after the first of two Virtual Safety Car (VSC) interventions on lap nine, with the second on lap 19 unfortunately timed as Fernando passed the pit entry and missed an opportunity to stop. Esteban was able to benefit from the second VSC, pitting for Hard tyres.Fernando eventually swapped rubber on lap 28 to slot into seventh before a Safety Car on lap 49 allowed the team to double stop both cars onto Mediums for an 18-lap sprint to the chequered flag. Fernando was lacking pace as a result of a suspected air leak with Esteban tactically giving him DRS to navigate his way to the end. With Ferrari's Charles Leclerc through, Esteban and Fernando were able to defend from Valtteri Bottas to claim sixth and seventh at the end of the 70-lap race, before Fernando's penalty after the flag, which added five seconds to his time.Esteban Ocon, started P7, finished P6:"I'm very happy with the result today to score eight points. The team did a great job with the car and the strategy and it was all well managed overall. We leave Canada with some good points for the team and a big step up in the Constructors' Championship. I'm glad I was able to help Fernando at the end there with DRS to keep Valtteri [Bottas] behind. There is still a lot to discuss and learn with regards to how the weekend unfolded, but the important thing is to keep this momentum going and keep delivering good performances in the next races."Fernando Alonso, started P2, finished P9:"I think this weekend we deserved better than ninth position, but it's still good for both cars to score points in the end. We ultimately lost a big opportunity to fight for a potential podium as I felt like I had the pace to do so. We were hit with a badly timed VSC just before our first stop. I was on the main straight when it was deployed, and then missed a pit-stop opportunity before it ended. We then had an engine problem from lap 20, which we were trying to manage. We didn't retire the car and used the DRS to defend, as we were losing a lot of time on the straights. It's disappointing especially after yesterday's performance, but we'll head to Silverstone, try to get on top of our reliability issues and score more points."Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal: "The team leaves Canada feeling proud after scoring good points in today's race with Esteban sixth and Fernando ninth after a post-race penalty. Even after such a strong Saturday, we entered the race today with a realistic mindset and we knew scoring multiple points with both cars and swinging the momentum in the championship was the absolute goal. Fernando was certainly very unfortunate with the deployment timing of both VSCs early in the race and he also had a small issue on his car, which held him back from making further progress. Esteban benefitted from a bright start to the race and executed his plan well to progress to sixth at the end, with his clever, team-minded driving to allow Fernando DRS in the closing stages, the key to cementing our final positions. We've demonstrated our ability this weekend and we look forward to the next string of car updates for the next round with the objective of fighting further up the grid."
All to play for at Silverstone as Fernando qualifies seventh and Esteban fifteenth

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 15.06.2022 23:56
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the ninth race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Canadian Grand Prix.Drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Chief Technical Officer, Pat Fry share their thoughts on the ninth race of the season in Montreal.Pat Fry: "We're heading back to Montreal this weekend for the first Canadian Grand Prix in three years. It's been a regular on the Formula 1 calendar over the past couple of decades and brings some unique challenges given it's a non-permanent, hybrid track. We can expect the circuit to be a little green and dirty throughout opening Practice but, as we've seen in the past in Montreal, that will clear quite quickly with some rubber being laid down. Compared to the last race in Baku, we can expect a slightly higher downforce level for this weekend. We will come up a step on the rear wing level and we have some beam wing options to run with it to identify the optimal downforce setting. The nature of the track layout in Montreal drives you to higher downforce as there are some decent straights mixed with a range of low to medium-speed corners. Montreal has a very similar power unit sensitivity to Baku and is usually very hard on brakes, which we'll keep an eye on."Esteban Ocon: "First of all, it is great to come back to Canada. It feels like it's been a while and I know it's one of the more popular races on the calendar. The track in Montreal has slow chicanes and fast straights, and we've shown to be fast in a straight line, so hopefully that should help us this weekend. The aim will be to have a smooth weekend, go through our programme without any issues, show our pace in Qualifying, and score some good points on Sunday. I am already looking forward to getting in the car again."Fernando Alonso: "It was a decent result for us to finish seventh in Baku. I feel like we maximised our car and the opportunities presented to us by the retirements of other cars. We still need to better understand our car and why we are experiencing differences from Friday through to Sunday. Our car is quite good at managing the bouncing effect of this year's cars. I didn't feel it too much in Baku and we were more focused on managing tyre degradation, especially of the rear tyres. It's going to be different at each circuit, for example in Jeddah it was very smooth, and Australia as well, and nobody said anything there. It's going to be very difficult for all of the teams to agree on change."Alpine AcademyThe Alpine Academy drivers might be taking a break from their Formula 2, Formula 3 and W Series duties this weekend, but that hasn't stopped Olli Caldwell from sampling the A521 for the very first time today. Olli reflects on his first taste of Formula 1 machinery at Silverstone below:Olli Caldwell: "It's been unbelievable and I'm quite speechless, there's nothing I could compare it to. It's everything I expected and more.  There's nothing you can do to prepare for how it feels. The car is incomparable to F2, everything is more, there's more speed, downforce, braking plus there's about 50 more buttons. I've got used to working much faster in this car and then going back to F2, where obviously it's slower, I will be able to take forward what I've learned from this experience and adapt it when I'm back driving this circuit in a F2 car. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Alpine F1 Team for allowing me this opportunity, as without them, an experience like this isn't possible. For not only being in the Academy, but to get this opportunity to drive last year's F1 car. It's been incredible."2022 Canadian Grand Prix Factfile: The Circuit: Elevation change of 5.2m, as the track is situated on Ile Notre-Dame (an artificial island). Around 70% of residents speak French as their primary language at home, and it is the sole official language in province of Quebec. Driver/Team facts: Renault-powered cars have delivered nine pole positions, six wins, 433 points and nine fastest laps from 151 starts at the Canadian Grand Prix. Esteban has scored points in six races out of eight so far in 2022. Esteban is three races away from 100 Grands Prix in Formula 1, a milestone he is on track to achieve in Austria. Fernando Alonso won for Renault in 2006 in Canada after a dominant weekend including pole position in qualifying. The win gave Fernando a 25-point lead en-route to his second consecutive Drivers' Championship. Fernando has achieved three podiums in Montreal, as well as two fastest laps. Having recently become the Formula 1 driver with the longest career in the sport, he is also four points away from scoring 2,000 Formula 1 World Championship points. Only Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have scored more than the Spaniard in Formula 1.
BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the 2022 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix

Alpine scores double points in Baku as Fernando finishes seventh and Esteban tenth

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 13.06.2022 09:27
BWT Alpine F1 Team departs Baku with seven Constructors' points after Fernando Alonso finished seventh and Esteban Ocon tenth in an exciting Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The result sees Alpine claw back fifth in the Constructors' Standings on 47 points. After a routine opening lap around the Baku City circuit, both drivers held their starting positions of tenth and thirteenth. The race truly started to unravel around lap 9 when a Virtual Safety Car was called. Fernando remained out on his Medium tyres and gradually moved up the order after others chose to stop under the Virtual Safety Car. He eventually pitted under normal racing conditions on lap 18 and switched to Hards. Esteban also remained out on his starting tyres (Hards) and found himself inside the top ten after the Virtual Safety Car. On the fresher rubber, Fernando began to carve his way through the midfield and overtook a number of cars in part thanks to his rapid sector 3 times. As his teammate climbed the order, Esteban was also kept busy as he defended against a number of cars whilst on the older tyres. He was eventually called in for his mandatory pitstop on lap 33, capitalising on another Virtual Safety Car which enabled him to return in eleventh position. As normal racing conditions resumed, Fernando found himself seventh and Esteban was tenth. For the remainder of the 51-lap race both drivers continued to utilise the cars strong sector 3 pace and battled hard inside the top ten. Both McLarens tried their best to catch and overtake Fernando, but his stalwart defence ensured he crossed the line in seventh for the second consecutive race. Esteban meanwhile collected the final point in tenth, ensuring his sixth top ten finish of the season. Esteban Ocon, started P13 finished P10: "It was a very challenging race today, so to come away with a double points finish and another top ten is a positive. Like always, we'll debrief as a team to see what areas we can improve for next time. We were quick on both Friday and Saturday – we can count ourselves slightly unfortunate in qualifying which did not help our track position today - so there is definitely more potential there if we can piece it all together. We can leave Baku feeling positive and we're already looking forward to returning to Canada next weekend where the aim is to keep scoring points." Fernando Alonso, started P10, finished P7:"The race was difficult to execute today but we did well, and I am happy with seventh. We obviously benefited from a few retirements, but these things happen, and we were there to capitalise on them and really maximise our strengths. I overtook a few cars on the new tyres and we were very fast on the straights so that was useful. Our power-unit is looking strong and competitive, so this is always a good thing. We are very close with a number of cars at the moment, and I expect it to be quite similar in Canada. Let's aim to score more points there!" Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal: "The aim today was to have both cars finish the race inside the points and we've been able to achieve that. The characteristics of the Baku City Circuit brings a unique challenge to both the drivers and the cars and we felt if we could get both cars across the chequered flag we would be in the points. There was more potential in our package this weekend. Esteban was unfortunate in qualifying, which put him slightly further back on the grid than we would have liked. That said, both drivers drove smart, well calculated races today when it counts for points and we can be pleased that both made up places and into the top ten. We'll debrief over the next couple of days and we look forward to heading back to Montreal next weekend for the highly anticipated return of the Canadian Grand Prix. We've moved into fifth in the Constructors' and we're looking ahead to make further inroads on fourth place."
Double top ten and Sweet 16 for BWT Alpine F1 Team in enthralling Belgian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team previews the eighth race weekend of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 09.06.2022 11:17
Low downforce, high expectations The team continued its points-scoring run in Monaco last time out. Attention now turns east to the unique challenge of Baku where, in the past, surprises often occur. Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer reflects on Monaco and looks ahead to this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. How is the team preparing for Baku? It’s been a busy past couple of weeks for the team with the challenges of both Barcelona and Monaco back-to-back. Now, we look ahead to another double header, this time between two continents and two unique and challenging circuits. Since its introduction to the calendar a number of years ago, Baku has always provided, above all, unpredictability, as that is the pure nature of the circuit. It’s a track that brings thrilling racing with overtaking opportunities aplenty, areas of risk and reward for the drivers and there’s always potential for big opportunities there, which, we must aim to be in a position to take. We have a couple of circuit-specific modified aerodynamic upgrades for this weekend before activating the next batch of upgrades as part of our 2022 development plan. What are the main challenges of the circuit? Baku is a tricky challenge for setting up the car as it’s important to have a high top-speed to be competitive on the long straights. The middle part of the track has some slow-speed corners, so it’s a tough balance to find. The aim will be to qualify as close to the front as possible, remain sensible and patient in the race, and be in a position where we can take any opportunity that might spring up ahead of us. What are the main talking points after Monaco? We had a competitive race weekend in Monaco at a track where the characteristics probably didn’t really suit our package. That said, it was a good weekend for learning, and we can take forward this knowledge to further improve our car at different types of circuits. Again, our car qualified well with both drivers showing potential of being in and around the top six. We’re yet to execute an optimal weekend from start to finish – Friday to Sunday – and show our true potential. We’re looking forward to racing this weekend and the target is to come away from this double header with four points-scoring finishes, if not more. Back-On the streets of Baku Esteban Ocon narrowly missed out on more points in Monaco after a chaotic Grand Prix around the Principality. Despite the result, Esteban will be looking to replicate his early season form in Baku, that sees him still sit ninth on 30 points in the Championship Standings. How do you reflect on your Monaco weekend? The weekend didn’t get off to a good start, but the team did a great job to be ready for Qualifying and we really showed some good pace on Saturday afternoon. Sunday was a different story with very tricky conditions for most of the race, and in the end receiving a penalty and ending outside of the points. The result doesn’t reflect where we were as a team last weekend. However disappointing, we left Monaco with our heads held high knowing that we had a good car which was able to compete well inside the top 10. We are taking forward our learnings, some of which will be related to Baku, another street circuit. Baku next. What are your thoughts on this street circuit? It’s a street circuit I enjoy, and we know that anything can happen there. Unlike Monaco, there are plenty of overtaking spots and you’ll find significantly lower downforce because of the long straights and high-speed sections. We’ll be seeing wheel to wheel action down the straights which is very exciting for a track like this, but we will need find a balance between the straight-line speed for the straights and not taking too much downforce off the car to allow good lap-time through some of the slower corners. A good set up will be very important. What are your personal expectations ahead of the weekend? Of course, the goal will be for the weekend to be as smooth as possible. Go through our programme during the Free Practice sessions and being as ready for Qualifying as we can be. We need to ensure we are in a good position for Sunday to be able to bring home some good points for the team after the disappointment in Monaco. I am personally looking forward to racing there given last year I could only complete three laps before having to retire the car with a mechanical issue. So, I am definitely excited to get our Baku GP weekend started. Street wise Fernando Alonso will look to score points for a third race in a row when he visits Azerbaijan this weekend for his fourth appearance around the fast and twisty street circuit. Having scored his best result of the season in Monaco, the Spaniard is full of optimism as we approach Formula 1’s next double header.  Seventh place in Monaco and another points finish. How was Monaco for you? It was a good weekend for us and we deserved to come away with points. We found some pace from Friday to Sunday, and we delivered a good race overall to ensure we scored. Usually, the race in Monaco is quite predictable, but with the mixed weather and tyre choices it really created a chaotic race. I had to manage the tyres at the end as we fitted the Mediums for the restart, but once I could push, we managed to create a good enough gap to Lewis behind. I’m looking forward to Baku and where we want to make it three points finishes in a row. It’s another street circuit weekend in Baku. Do you enjoy racing on the streets? We have a lot of street circuits now in Formula 1. I do enjoy them as there is really no margin for error. Baku is a track where overtaking is very possible. In my last three races there I’ve managed to gain a number of places during the race, so it’s very different to Monaco in that respect. Tell us about the circuit from a driver’s point of view? It’s a fun track and one where overtaking is possible. There is a mixture of high speed and low speed corners and a very long straight, so setup wise you have to be prepared for this. It’ll be interesting to see how the 2022 cars find this circuit. I can’t really compare it to a track we’ve already raced on this year. Also, Saturdays don’t necessarily decide your race there too, and a Safety Car can completely shake up the order. I think it’ll be a fun one and for sure I’m excited for the challenge ahead! Alpine Academy After differing fortunes in Monaco, Olli Caldwell and Jack Doohan are back in action as Formula 2 returns in Baku. Jack and Olli will both race at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this year. Both drivers have never raced at this track before, however they have shown their capability of performing at first-time tracks. In Monaco, Jack performed well in qualifying and scored good points in both races that weekend. Olli has a history of scoring well on high-speed tracks, such as Paul Ricard and Monza. Jack Doohan: “Monaco was for sure a fantastic experience. I had never raced there before so to qualify well and score good points in both races is really encouraging. Baku is another track where I have never raced at before but we’ve done our work on the sim and like Monaco, I’m confident we can score good points. Let’s get going!” Olli Caldwell: “I’m looking forward to be heading to Baku for round six of the championship. It’s another new circuit for me to learn, another new street circuit to boot. However, it’s the circuit with the highest top speed on the calendar. I’m excited to experience a new place and learning the F2 car around another new track. It’s great for my experience to learn all these new circuits so I’m looking forward to seeing how the track is” Azerbaijan Grand Prix Factfile The Circuit: Circuit length of 6.003km, making it the third longest track on the calendar. The inaugural race was held in Baku in 2016. It is the fourth newest circuit on the calendar. There has never been a repeat winner at the Grand Prix. Driver/Team facts: Renault-powered cars have delivered one win, one podium and 75 points from 22 starts at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon’s best result in Azerbaijan is sixth in 2017. Esteban would score points in 18 out of the 20 races that season. Fernando Alonso’s best result in Azerbaijan is also sixth which he achieved in 2021 and he’s scored points in all but one of his races there. Fernando is 10 points away from having scored 2,000 in Formula 1. Only two drivers have scored more than Fernando. Fernando scored his best result of the season in Monaco finishing seventh.
All to play for at Silverstone as Fernando qualifies seventh and Esteban fifteenth

Alonso continues in the points after rain and red flag affected Monaco Grand Prix | BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Release

BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases BWT Alpine F1 Team Press Releases 31.05.2022 09:45
BWT Alpine F1 Team's Fernando Alonso made it back-to-back points-scoring finishes after taking seventh place in a rain-affected and twice red-flagged Monaco Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon crossed the line in ninth, but a five-second time penalty for causing a collision meant the Frenchman left without scoring points as he finished in twelfth place.Heavy rain in the region minutes before the race at 15:00pm meant the start was twice delayed before laps under the Safety Car were brought to a halt by the first of two red flags. Once racing resumed, both drivers ran full Wet tyres on a challenging first stint with some other teams pitting early for Intermediates. Both drivers remained on Wets before double stopping for Hard tyres on lap 21, with an eye on driving to the end of the 78-lap race.The second red flag for Mick Schumacher's heavy crash after the Swimming Pool chicane on lap 30, brought a further delay to the afternoon. Both Fernando and Esteban swapped to Mediums in the interval looking to conserve and go to the end of the race, which was now against the clock. Fernando managed his tyres and pace to cross the line a comfortable seventh place with Esteban behind in ninth. However, a five-second time penalty applied after the race for an incident with Lewis Hamilton meant Esteban ended in twelfth and outside of the points. Esteban Ocon, started P10, finished P12: "Today's result is tough to swallow, and I'm frustrated that we leave Monaco without scoring points. Inside the car it felt like a racing incident with Lewis [Hamilton], especially at a track like Monaco where any overtake attempt is likely to involve some contact. The team has worked so hard all weekend, especially in finding the gains between Friday and Saturday, and we now leave without scoring deserved double points. We'll have to move forward and I'm looking to put it right in Baku where we race next." Fernando Alonso, started P7, finished P7: "It was a very difficult race today with the conditions, so we can be pleased with a seventh-place finish and more points added to the championship. It was a tricky race to manage with difficult choices on strategy at times, but we did everything well as a team and it was all well managed. At the wheel, it was not easy, and I had to be careful at times not to make any mistake to make sure we brought the car home in the points. On the dry stints, because of what we learned on Friday, we had to be careful on the tyres, especially for me after the second-red flag. We held on to seventh comfortably, so I'm pretty pleased with today's job." Laurent Rossi, CEO Alpine:  "Today's Monaco Grand Prix was very eventful and it's always good when you come out of those races with strong points in the bag. As a team, we were expecting it to be a challenging weekend at a circuit with so many slow-speed corners, which does not tend to suit our car. We've had to dig deep all weekend to make improvements between Friday and Saturday, which not only helped us this weekend, but also bodes well for the future where we can take forward this knowledge in adapting our car to all types of tracks. Both drivers drove good races today to cross the line in seventh and ninth, respectively, which is probably where we deserved to be in today's race. Esteban's time penalty is a tough one as it was probably 50-50, so we won't dwell too much on it and we'll keep our heads down and look ahead to the next one. I'd like to thank everyone at the team for their hard work after a very busy two weeks across Spain and Monaco. We'll take some rest this week before refocusing ourselves for Azerbaijan and Canada next time out where we're hungry to add two lots of double points."

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