Two-time F1 world champion Alonso made his return to the championship this season after spending two years away exploring different motorsport occasions together with the Indianapolis 500, the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Dakar Rally.
Alonso initially struggled to match Ocon’s type at Alpine, however has scored factors in all however one of many final 10 races, serving to carry him above his race-winning team-mate within the drivers’ standings.
The Spaniard has been famend for dominating team-mates in qualifying, famously beating Stoffel Vandoorne 21-0 of their second season collectively at McLaren in 2018.
However Alonso solely leads Ocon for qualifying wins 8-7 this 12 months, a stat he felt confirmed simply how high quality the margins had been between them.
“It has been very shut this 12 months,” Alonso stated.
“At first of the 12 months, it was not even shut. I used to be lower than pace, for positive. So it was very useful to have Esteban on prime of his sport.
“To attempt to stand up to hurry with a really quick reference was factor for me. I may make my adaptation just a little bit shorter due to Esteban as nicely, to have that reference.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521
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Ocon has beforehand famous the sturdy environment on the Enstone-based squad this 12 months and the nice degree of teamwork, greatest seen in Hungary when Alonso helped stall Lewis Hamilton’s cost and help Ocon in taking a shock victory.
Alonso stated that Ocon had performed a task in making the environment on the staff so good, and hoped that it might function a lift within the battle for fifth place within the constructors’ championship. Alpine at present sits 19 factors away from sixth-placed AlphaTauri.
“He has [helped make] a very good surroundings within the staff now, environment,” Alonso stated of Ocon.
“I can not ask for something extra in the intervening time.
“Let’s attempt to push collectively to assist Alpine within the constructors’ championship, it should be very tight with Aston, with AlphaTauri as nicely.
“So we want the most effective of each in each weekend.”