The BWT Alpine F1 Team extended its points scoring streak to four races as Esteban Ocon finished in eighth place at the Canadian Grand Prix whilst Pierre Gasly narrowly missed points with a twelfth place finish.
The team had a successful start to the race with both drivers gaining places in the opening laps before Gasly pitted early after becoming stuck in traffic. A Safety Car only two laps later then put a halt to hopes of gaining more places quickly.
Ocon pitted under the Safety Car from fourth place, which benefitted the one-stop runners. From there, both drivers held position – Gasly pitted on lap 34 and Ocon on lap 37 for Hards. Esteban was unable to pass Williams’ Alex Albon who was on a bold one-stop with Pierre narrowly short of the points at the chequered flag after pressuring a number of cars in front.
Reflecting on the race, Ocon said “I think we can be satisfied with finishing another race in the points but we know that perhaps we did not maximise our opportunities today in Montréal. Our car and our pace was strong but, in the end, it was not enough to pass Alex [Albon] in the Williams, who was quicker on the straights. We’ll review everything as a team as to how we can improve and also how we can better seize opportunities on Sundays.”
Gasly added “Unfortunately, we were unable to come away with points from today’s race. It again shows the importance of track position and I think our weekend was damaged by what happened in Qualifying yesterday by exiting in Q1. We had very good pace in the car today, which we were not able to demonstrate further up the grid and in the positions that matter. We were a little unfortunate with the timing of the first Safety Car but even so, we had a decent race in terms of pace. I gave it my all at the end, overtaking was difficult, and we couldn’t quite put ourselves into the points.”
The team remains in fifth place in the Constructor Standings.