Ocon enjoyed collaboration: “Privilege to work with a legend”

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Esteban Ocon enjoys working with Fernando Alonso. The Frenchman thinks he learns a lot from a ‘legend’ like the Spaniard.

After a two-year absence, Alonso returned to the grid at the start of the 2021 season. The Spanish driver has found shelter in his old, trusted nest with the team of Alpine and Ocon, who speaks of ‘a fantastic collaboration’ has reaped the benefits from the start of the year. “He’s a fantastic racer and lightning fast. The fastest teammate I’ve had in ages,” Ocon told Motorsport.com.

Out of the box

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The French driver says he learned a lot from his teammate fifteen years older during last season. “I was very happy to work with him. I have learned a lot. I think it is mainly in the way Fernando thinks ‘out of the box’. He thinks about things that other drivers never think about “, says Ocon.

Privilege

The Alpine driver goes a little deeper into his learning process with the Spaniard. “I certainly learned a lot. I always followed what he was doing and towards the end of the year I was only gaining positions and not losing any. In addition, I learned to optimize my first laps. I think it was a privilege is to work alongside a legend like him. We got the most out of the car together, so that was good,” he concludes.

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