Ocon, who finally finished a strong sixth, is also impressed by the internal duel: “The team decided before the race that we could fight as long as it was fair – that’s exactly what we did. It was a lot of fun. I like driving against Fernando because I know how far I can go with him and I have a lot of faith in him. It’s a privilege to race against such a legend.”
Alonso himself was annoyed after the race, but that was only due to his technical retirement on lap 36 and not the duel with Ocon: “It was very intense, but also good. We already had a nice fight in Bahrain,” explains the Spaniard , who apparently still enjoys Formula 1 with its new generation of cars even at the age of 40.
Teammate Ocon even thinks: “With these cars it’s like a go-kart race because you can follow the car in front so closely and who in turn can hardly get out of the DRS window. It’s like a new way of racing, but it does a lot Fun, because now attack is the best form of defence.”