Alpine had a stellar home race this past weekend, taking double points on their home turf and moving into fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship - now 4 points ahead of McLaren.
Ocon started from 10th on the grid and worked his way up to finish in 8th place, marking the first time that he’s scored Formula 1 points at his home course. He said “I do hope we race in France next year as there is nothing quite like a home Grand Prix. Merci to all the fans and allez Alpine!”
Alonso had a great race too, starting in 7th place on the grid and finishing in 6th. This race also allowed him to set the record for the most ever laps completed in Grand Prix racing with a total of 18,672 career laps to date.
A Safety Car on lap 18 after a crash meant that most of the field could pull in to pit. At this point Alonso pitted for Hards, and Ocon followed suit shortly after. This also allowed Ocon to take his five second time penalty that he received after a collision with Yuki Tsunoda on lap one.
Laurent Rossi, CEO Alpine, added “We’re very pleased to score strongly with both cars from our home race and we’re now ahead in fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship and, I must say, it is deserved. It was great to race at Circuit Paul Ricard today in front of such passionate home fans, so thanks to them for their fantastic support all weekend.”
The next race is the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 29th-31st, the final race before the summer shutdown.