Disappointing Race at the Japanese Grand Prix

Alpine Formula 1 on the racetrack competing

BWT Alpine F1 Team left the Japanese Grand Prix with their total points remaining the same after enduring a difficult qualifying session on Friday and a frustrating race on Saturday.

Ocon stated “It was not an easy race today. We picked up some damage at the start, and after that we tried some different strategy options to give us a fighting chance. But, ultimately, we were not quick enough today to compete with those around us and keep them behind after the restart. It was unfortunate to pick up damage, however, I do not think it made a huge difference to the overall picture of the race. We struggled with race pace compared to Qualifying, so we have a lot to review and hopefully we can come back stronger at the next race in Shanghai.”

Gasly added “Unfortunately, it’s been a long afternoon for us in Suzuka. There are some positives, including having two very strong standing starts. At the second one, after the red flag, I overtook the Haas, then Esteban and then got myself alongside Yuki [Tsunoda]. At that point, I was sandwiched between both in an unfortunate racing incident. It meant I had significant damage to the floor – costing around 30 points of downforce – and therefore lap time as a result of the damage. From then, it was a very difficult race, there was not much we could do other than push as hard as possible. It’s not where we want to be, but it’s good that we brought the first upgrades to the car this weekend. We have to keep developing the concept, keep bringing parts as soon as possible as we need it in order to improve our current position.”

The team are now working hard towards the Chinese Grand Prix, which takes place 19th- 21st April at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.