F1: After the departure of Alonso, Ocon decides for his successor
As Fernando Alonso prepares to leave Alpine at the end of the season to join Aston Martin, the French team is therefore looking for a replacement. Esteban Ocon wanted to react to the departure of the Spanish driver, and the Frenchman would like to have Mick Schumacher as his next teammate. Despite Alonso’s departure, Ocon still prefers to focus fully on the end of the season.
The Formula 1 resumes this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix. On the side ofAlpine F1we learned of the departure of Fernando Alonso at the end of the season. The Spanish driver will then join the team Aston Martin. A few days before the resumption, the French team and Esteban Ocon will continue to focus on the end of the season.
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“It was a surprise for everyone in the paddock”
While the departure of Fernando Alonso from home Alpine is official, the Spanish driver will engage with Aston Martin at the end of the season. News that surprised everyone in the paddock and touched his teammate, Esteban Ocon. The French driver spoke about this and admits to being sad at the departure of the Spaniard, as he announced in comments relayed by MotorSport. “Honestly, it was a surprise for everyone in the paddock. It’s sad to see Fernando leave, we work well together and there is a very good atmosphere within the team. It’s a bit sad because we were making progress and of course it’s something we have to continue for the rest of the year. But he won’t be far away. We will race against each other again in 2023, but the team will miss him for sure. » While the departure of Fernando Alonso from home Alpine surprised everyone, on the side of the French team, we continue to seriously prepare the next Big Price which will take place this weekend. ” I am not aware of what is happening with the contracts. What I do know is that the team is fully focused on performing this weekend, and that’s how it should be. For my part, I feel rested and 100% prepared for the remaining nine races this year. »
“Of course I changed as a pilot”
The season resumes with the Belgian Grand Prix. A race well known Esteban Ocon since this is where the pilot made his debut in 2016. The French remembered the memories and admits to having changed as a driver, but also physically, since his debut. “I was much thinner then, even more so than today! I’ve put on a few pounds since, which is a good thing. I have of course changed as a driver, I am much more experienced than at the time. We of course always have Anthoine (Hubert) in mind when we come here, we will be racing for him this weekend. »
“I would like Mick to come by my side”
While on the side of Alpine we are looking for the future replacement of Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon indicated that he did not want to influence his team in their choice but also admitted to having a certain preference on this subject. “No, I don’t care about all that. I trust Laurent (Rossi) and Otmar (Szafnauer), I’m sure they get hundreds of calls for this seat. Personally, I would like Mick (Schumacher) to come by my side because he’s a good friend, but I’m not going to ask my bosses, it’s up to them. »