A great race day saw both team members secure points to lengthen their lead over McLaren for fourth place in the Constructor standings. It was a fantastic result after both drivers faced the start of the race in low grid positions, 16th and 17th respectively.
Alonso pitted early, on the 15th lap, to swap his mediums for a new set of the same before emerging in 16th which paid off in the long run. Two more stops saw him being able to round out the top five and take 10 points home for Alpine. He said “It was a very good race for us today here in São Paulo. The car was very competitive and with our race strategy we were out of sync with most of the cars…We needed these points heading to Abu Dhabi. There is one more race with the team to go and my heart is in the racing.”
Ocon had similar success and was told not to fight his team mate after the final safety car restart due to their clashes that were had the previous day in the Sprint. He let Alonso pass him and then focused on his own finish to stay ahead of Bottas to finish in 8th and take 4 points. He added “It was a good recovery drive from Fernando and me after starting from where we did, so credit to the team for the execution. We knew we had to be at our best after yesterday’s disappointment and that’s exactly what we did in the race. The season is not over and we still have one more race to go. It’s going to be full push until the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi.”
Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer summed it up by saying “Congratulations to the entire team – both factories at Viry and Enstone – everyone trackside, and the drivers for a fantastic Sunday effort where we’ve scored 14 points and, importantly, extended our lead in fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship... The championship is not over yet until the chequered flag drops in Abu Dhabi. We will remain focused, do our normal preparation next weekend, and give it our best to have both cars finish the season as strongly as possible. We’re nearly home…”