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Alpine's Performance At The Austrian Grand Prix Was A Mixed Bag

Both Alpine drivers, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, managed to score points. Gasly secured a single point for tenth place, while Ocon finished just behind him in twelfth. The race wasn't without its tensions, as Ocon and Gasly engaged in a close fight on track, with Gasly eventually overtaking his teammate.

Both drivers received five-second penalties during the race Ocon for an unsafe pitstop release and Gasly for a track limits violation.

Esteban Ocon: “Today was a tough race and we ended outside of the points. We had a very strong start, just what we needed, as we managed to pass Nico [Hülkenberg] on the opening lap. He did get by a few laps later but we stayed right with him during the first stint and from there it was going to be a race of strategy. We were not quick enough to fight for position and we fell back into traffic after our pit-stops. We had better pace earlier in the weekend so, of course, we will review everything in detail to improve next time. We finish off the triple header in Silverstone next weekend so hopefully it will be a strong Sunday showing for us at a legendary circuit.”

Pierre Gasly: “That’s now four points-scoring finishes in a row and my 400th career point in Formula 1. In that sense, it’s been a satisfying day but a race I am sure we will review in detail in order to improve on a few things. We were always in the fight for points. I did not have a great start and after that, we did our best to recover. I think the two Haas cars were slightly quicker than us and, at the end, I was in a close one with Daniel [Ricciardo] but it was tough as it was just a DRS train. We will settle for a point, four in a row now, which does show we are building consistency across different circuits. We continue to be more confident in our package and it’s good for motivation to keep pushing and keep adding performance to the car. We will take it race by race, focus on ourselves and I’m very happy with the current trajectory. Next one, Silverstone!”

Overall, Alpine collected a few points but weren't able to challenge for higher positions. There were also some internal struggles between the teammates.