The Alpine team, the former Renault, is starting the new season with a combination of youth and experience. The driver of the French team will be 24-year-old Esteban Ocon, who will have his second consecutive season with the team, and former two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, 39, who is returning to the grid after a two-year absence from the sport.
The legendary Spaniard will turn 40 in July, and at the end of last year, he caused a storm of reactions when he appeared at the test of young drivers in Abu Dhabi, immediately after the end of the season. Of course, he received special permission for this from the FIA, and his new teammate believes that Fernando has not completely strayed among the young hopes, here is why: "With a lot of experience, although he was not in Formula 1 for two years and drove everything, he is fit and looks like he is 20.
He has done a lot of work on tests, which will help him in that regard and I think he will be ready from the start of the season, ”says Ocon.
He wants to continue with his form
However, the young Frenchman does not only intend to admire his older colleague in the new season but emphasizes that his goal is to continue with form and rides where he left off in late 2020.
In the penultimate race of the season, the Sakhira Grand Prix, Ocon stopped at the victory podium. He wants to be "out there" with Alonso, which he failed to do last year against Daniel Ricciardo. "Of course, I want to be competitive.
I want to start the new season where I finished the old one, and that was a great level compared to how I started it. I’ve worked with teams and now I know what to expect, and they know what I need. I will be much better prepared, that's clear.
" "Fernando will be a tough opponent. I will give everything I have to fight him. In the end, we are still competing for the team and we need to win as many points as possible together, but yes, I will put pressure, ”says Esteban.
Last season, Renault finished fifth in the constructors' standings, although it was in a battle for third place against McLaren and Racing Point. Ocon's higher contribution was missing because the ratio of points he and Ricciardo won was 62-119.