Alpine Car Racing At The Spanish Grand Prix

Alpine had their best showing of the 2024 season at the Spanish Grand Prix. Both drivers, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, qualified for Q3 for the first time this year and finished the race in the points, placing ninth and tenth respectively.

Esteban Ocon: “It was good to get both cars in the points for a second consecutive Grand Prix. It was a challenging race for us with car balance and some tricky stints but nevertheless we managed to bring the car home inside the top ten again and that’s satisfying. It was close with Nico [Hülkenberg] at the end but we were able to maintain pace and grab the final point on merit on track. We have things to analyse such as why the car felt harder to drive in race conditions as I was sliding quite a lot. Even so, we were much more competitive this weekend and we’ve come out of it with a good reward. We will aim to continue our points run in Austria next weekend where we have two opportunities to score points with the Sprint.”

Pierre Gasly: “That was our best race of the season so far as a team, so on that front, I am very happy with today. We had a strong Qualifying on Saturday, which set us up for a good result in ninth place today. We executed the race well with the two-stop strategy and managed each stint well. We almost had eighth place and only missed out on the last lap but I gave it my all. Even so, I’m happy with such a strong race where we battled two fast cars – the McLaren early on and then the Red Bull at the end – so that’s positive for us. We must understand why the package was strong here and take these learnings going forward. We are progressing in a good direction, that’s three points scoring finishes in a row, and we have to keep that going!”

This double points finish was a positive sign for the team, even though they acknowledged it wasn't quite as strong as their performance in Spain last year. Alpine is hopeful that this result indicates they are gaining some momentum in the midfield battle.