This Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps, Alpine finished qualifying fifth and sixth thanks to Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, as well as a great team performance.
The two drivers were able to reap the fruits of excellent collective work to achieve a result similar to the last race, in Hungary, where Esteban Ocon also qualified in fifth position and Fernando Alonso in sixth. This Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps, every time one of the two men is on a flying lap, he will take advantage of the suction created by his teammate’s single-seater in the first sector.
In Q3, Esteban Ocon completed a lap in 1’45″180 after Fernando Alonso gave him a slipstream, before the Frenchman returned the favor to allow him to set a 1’45″368. This Sunday, at the start of the 44 laps that make up the race, Fernando Alonso will start from the third position following the penalties imposed for changing the engine to some drivers including Esteban Ocon, who will start the 17th.
“Esteban is fifth, Fernando is sixth and – above all – ahead of our rivals, we can only be happy with our performance today in qualifying.” declared this Saturday night that Alan Permane, the sporting director of Alpine.
“What I like the most is the cooperation of everyone who is placed today, including our two drivers, who did a great job executing our plan. Esteban will have to fight a power unit change penalty tomorrow which means that he starts at the back of the grid.
“But since the others are in the same situation, Fernando will start third and have a very good chance to sign a good result. There are faster cars behind us – Max [Verstappen] and Charles [Leclerc] – but we will remain focused on our race and be careful to beat the competitors we are actually competing with on the track. We will do everything to maximize our points collection in tomorrow’s race. That is our goal and I am confident that scoring points in both our cars is possible. “
Third on the starting grid, Fernando Alonso sees another good opportunity to score big points in Sunday’s race and the Spaniard is just hoping for a clean race: “Tomorrow will be exciting and, like in Canada, I have a new opportunity to start in the top three. declared double world champion.
“Tomorrow, I hope to have a clear race to take advantage of this position. We will be careful of those following us because many fast cars will start from the back of the grid. We are aiming for a place in the top five or six under the checkered flag.
On the other side of the garage, Esteban Ocon has a lot to do in the race to try to climb the hierarchy starting from a distant 17th position on the starting grid this Sunday at Spa: “This fifth place is my best result this season in qualifying, so it’s a bit embarrassing to face this penalty on the grid tomorrow, but we have the package to get a good result. said the Alpine driver.
“Fernando will start from third place, and I will give everything to climb up the hierarchy and bring some well-deserved points to the team. I can’t wait to get back on track and give the Belgian fans a good Grand Prix because they deserve it they have it.
Starting grid of the Belgian GP
|1 – Carlos Sainz||Ferrari|
|2 – Sergio Perez||Red Bull|
|6- Alex Albon||williams|
|8 – Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri|
|9 – Lance Walk||Aston Martin|
|10 – Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin|
|11 – Nicholas Latifi||williams|
|12 – Kevin Magnussen||Haas|
|13 – Valtteri Bottas (S)||Alfa Romeo|
|14 – Max Verstappen (P)||Red Bull|
|15 – Charles Leclerc (P)||Ferrari|
|16 – Esteban Ocon (P)||Alpine|
|17 – Lando Norris (P)||McLaren|
|18 – Guanyu Zhou (S)||Alfa Romeo|
|19 – Mick Schumacher (P)||Haas|
|Yuki Tsunoda (PIT)||Alpha Tauri|