For the year 2021, Renault changed to Alpine when the new group CEO, Luca De Meo had reorganized the company to place sharper focus on key brands. Alpine brought in new meaning, values and color to the paddock with the spirit of competition. The two drivers for the Alpine team are Fernando Alonso, former two-time World Champion and Esteban Ocon.
During the 2021 season, Alpine endured mixed results despite finishing fifth in the Constructors Championship and returning to the podium for the first time since 2013 accompanied by Esteban Ocon’s maiden win in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso also finished P3 at the Qatar GP which was held towards the end of the season.
Esteban Ocon shares interesting insights ahead of the 2022 season
During a post-season media briefing, Esteban Ocon was asked if the results of 2021 helped him in boosting confidence for the next season, he said, “Yes, definitely” with a lot of enthusiasm.
Esteban Ocon argued that if he and his teammate Fernando Alonso received a strong package for the next season, it would favor with the return of their strengths proving Alpine’s operational capabilities. At Qatar the team proved that they could take advantage of bad luck to achieve strong results.
“This is what we wanted to do. We knew we didn’t have the fastest car; we didn’t have the fastest package overall to be fighting there at the front, but as soon as there was an opportunity, we were there to be able to take them.”
“Qatar, Saudi, Budapest, almost Sochi for Fernando,” Ocon added, as quoted by GPFans.
The Enstone-based team last saw the success of the championship in 2006, after which they drove as Renault. Alonso has won his second consecutive title and Ocon is keen to bring the team back under leaders Mercedes and Red Bull.
“We wanted to be at the top of the game, but we did it last year,” he added.
Esteban Ocon seems to be moving into the 2022 season with a lot of optimism and is seemingly ready to face the big bulls. It surely will be an interesting sight for the fans to see the Alpine team competing with the top bulls.