Eight Points for BWT Alpine F1 Team in Singapore

BWT Alpine car on track at the Singapore Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team took more points at the Singapore Grand Prix as Pierre Gasly worked hard to move from twelfth place at the starting grid to sixth place at the chequered flag. Unfortunately, Esteban Ocon was forced to retire on lap 43 after holding sixth place.

Both drivers pushed through the race that was dominated by tyre management and careful strategy but made excellent starts in the 62-lap race. Ocon moved up to seventh in the opening lap and Gasly took eleventh.

Ocon then moved to chase Fernando Alonso as Gasly looked to pass both Haas drivers, Kevn Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg. Both cars then stacked when a safety car was out on lap 20 and changed from mediums to hards.

From there an exciting battle ensued as a handful of cars looked to catch the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen. Esteban made a superb move on Alonso at Turn 11 and later Perez, making his way up to sixth on the road. Pierre too passed Perez with the two Alpines holding sixth and eighth, respectively.

Gasly then held sixth place before relinquishing it to Max Verstappen, who was on fresher medium tyres, just five laps from the end of the race but regained it to take eight points home for the team.

On turn 2 of lap 43 Ocon was forced to stop with a suspected gearbox issue. The team will be investigating the issue before the next race.

Bruno Famin, Interim Team Principal: “The team leaves the Singapore Grand Prix weekend with eighth points scored, which constitutes an improvement after the last race… I am very happy with the performance from both drivers. Credit to Esteban and Pierre for how they managed the race in an intense tactical battle and tricky tyre management strategy and also to the team for executing the double-stack pit-stop very well. Pierre and Esteban did a good job gaining places during the race, especially Pierre from twelfth to sixth with a well-managed one-stop strategy, including some clean and decisive overtakes from both drivers. Unfortunately, a suspected issue with Esteban’s gearbox prevented both cars finishing in the points… we are positive as we will fly straight to Japan next week aiming to continue to build up on the momentum from this weekend.”