Two-time world champion Alonso returned to the game in 2021 after a two-year hiatus, and the Spaniard scored his first podium of the season within the Qatar Grand Prix final weekend.
It was Alonso’s 98th profession podium and his first because the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix with Ferrari.
With Kimi Raikkonen retiring after this season, Alonso – a 32-time grand prix winner – would be the eldest driver on the grid subsequent 12 months at 40.
However Ocon, who was joined by Alonso at Alpine this 12 months, says his teammate stays as motivated as ever as each push to assist the French squad transfer in direction of the entrance of the grid.
Ocon labelled Alonso a “legend of the game”, and he reckons he is likely one of the greatest drivers ever alongside the likes of Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.
“I’ve mega excessive respect to Fernando,” mentioned Ocon.
“I understand how a lot work he places in, how a lot motivation he has, even now at his age and with how a lot expertise he has and the way a lot he has achieved within the sport. It is greater than spectacular.
Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Alpine rejoice with the workforce
Picture by: Alpine
“I believe he is only a legend of the game. He is up there with the highest guys, Senna, Schumacher, and he’ll at all times stay there.
“As a result of what we’re doing now and what I see how he thinks out of the field in comparison with the opposite drivers is unprecedented.
“There’s no one that may suppose like him and that may have his race craft ever I believe, so I’m glad to be his team-mate and proud to push as a lot as we are able to collectively for our frequent goal.”
Though a brand new deal was believed to be a formality, Alonso and Alpine introduced a contract extension for the 2022 season earlier this 12 months.
Alonso is in his third stint with the Enstone-based workforce, having raced with Renault from 2003-2006 – when he received his two titles – and once more in 2008-2009.
The Spanish driver sits tenth on this 12 months’s standings with 60 factors forward of Ocon, who has scored 43.