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Esteban Ocon: I enjoyed fighting Fernando

Alpine drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon fought in the top ten and could earn a lot of points in Jeddah, but due to technical problems with the car Fernando did not reach the finish line. His teammate Esteban Ocon finished sixth in the race, allowing Alpine to finish fourth in the Constructors’ Cup, ahead of Alfa Romeo and Haas.

Esteban Ocon (6th): “We earned a lot of points again, so I am happy with my race. I enjoyed fighting Fernando – we had a tense but honest wheel-to-wheel battle that reminded me of karting times. The new cars really allow you to fight and closely chase rivals, which is good for sports.

It is a pity that two cars failed to earn points, but we have demonstrated a competitive level and must continue at the same pace.

The ending was exciting – I was ahead of Lando Norris at the finish line. It’s as if I’ve repaid last year’s debt! ”

Fernando Alonso (meeting): “We do not know what caused the meeting, but we will find out. Today the team lost points, but it is good that the car was fast all weekend. I know that I deserved the sixth place today, but the failure did not allow me to reach the finish line.

The fight with Esteban was fair – we respect each other. In Bahrain, we also had a tough fight, but we always act in the interests of the team. I was a little faster in the race, so I overtook, but at the same time I had to watch the actions of Valtteri Bottas.

We could earn points with two cars. However, the team is in fourth place in the Constructors’ Cup, and we are going to Australia again. “

Otmar Safnauer, team leader: “We have mixed feelings after the race. Overall, the team has achieved a strong result, which emphasizes our level of competitiveness.

Esteban finished sixth – a great achievement. He confidently spent the weekend and was able to convert a high qualifying result into earned points. We are disappointed that we could not earn points with two cars – unfortunately, Fernando got off, although he was a great pilot. We will find out the reason for his departure.

Obviously, the car has the potential to fight for high positions, and both our pilots demonstrated this in the race. We allow them to fight hard but honestly, as it helps both riders get the most out of the car.

Everyone in Anstone and Viri will continue to work hard to prepare for the long-awaited return to Melbourne in two weeks. Great team work – we will continue to attack! “

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