Ocon says Alpine is “a much better place”


Esteban Ocon has said that Alpine are in a better position for 2023 alongside his new team-mate, Pierre Gasly who has joined the team following on from Fernando Alonso’s departure from the team at the end of the 2022 season.

Today, during day 2 of testing, Esteban Ocon completed 49 laps before handing the car over to Pierre Gasly during the afternoon session.

Esteban Ocon: “We are much more ready than we were last year. Last year, we were struggling quite a lot with the car, just to keep it going on the track.”

“This year, this is not the case at all, we almost completed the plans on Pierre’s side and my side so it is definitely much better.”

“I feel like this has been a good test. Good to obviously have a first feel with the proper conditions that we are going to have during the race weekend. Previously to that, it was obviously very different in Europe for the filming days, for the tyre tests.”

“We have learned lots in the first two days, it’s been not stressful, we took it time by time and run by run – it’s a good understanding going on.”

About Pierre Gasly: “Things are very good at the moment, Pierre has a very similar feedback to mine. We complete each other pretty well, so it’s been a good start.”

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