BWT Alpine F1 Team endured a weekend of frustration at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix. Both drivers were forced to retire from the 52-lap race, meaning no points were added to the team’s total.
Ocon started on New Softs in P13 but was forced to retire on lap 9 after suffering a hydraulic leak on his A523. Reflecting on the race he said “It’s not been our weekend and that is summed up by our race today. We had a decent start to the race, but it was over early for us with a hydraulic leak on the car. In the end, as a team, we did not score any points which is extremely disappointing. We need to regroup and react, especially given the leap some of our competitors have made over the last couple of races. Overall, we probably did not maximise the potential of the car this weekend so there are definitely many things to review to see how we can come back stronger. Budapest is next, one of my favourite tracks with some great memories, so we hope to bounce back and have a strong result.”
Gasly has a similarly frustrating race, starting in P10 but retiring 6 laps from the end after he was forced to pit. His suspension was broken after Lance Stroll’s careless move into Turn 16 whilst he was fighting for the points. He said “It really seems we’re on the wrong side of some things at the moment, especially luck. I was having a strong race, closely behind Fernando [Alonso], and we really should have been in the fight with him at the end of the race. Unfortunately, the timing of the Safety Car, just after my pit-stop, meant we fell back outside of the points. And then, while fighting to climb back into the top ten, our race was over through an incident beyond my control when Lance [Stroll] hit me and damaged my suspension. As a team we have a lot of things to work on to keep taking the fight to our rivals.”
The team now looks ahead to the Hungary-Belgium double header.