Back in the points for Alpine and Esteban at Japanese Grand Prix

Back in the points for Alpine and Esteban at Japanese Grand Prix

September 24, 2023

Japanese Grand Prix

Race Report

BWT Alpine F1 Team secured points with both cars in today’s Japanese Grand Prix as Esteban Ocon finished ninth and Pierre Gasly tenth at Suzuka.

With the ninth and tenth place result firmly wrapped up in the latter stages of the race, the team aimed to chase the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso in eighth place; swapping positions between Esteban and Pierre to give the latter, on fresh tyres, the opportunity to gain for the benefit of the team. While Pierre got close to closing Fernando, ultimately, he ran out of laps and the team swapped places back with Esteban finishing ninth and Pierre tenth at the chequered flag. Next up for the team is the Qatar Grand Prix in October at the Losail International Circuit.

Esteban Ocon, started P14, finished P9:

“First of all it is great to have both cars back in the points. I think the team did well to optimise a challenging strategy today and we performed well, in general, on track. We had a tricky start with the racing incident on lap one, which could have easily put an end to our race, but we were able to recover well, manage the tyres, have some good pit stops, and end our day with some points. It was good teamwork in an attempt to grab more points as a team and, in the end, we probably maximised what we had today. We have many things to learn and to discuss and we aim to come back stronger in Qatar in two weeks’ time.”
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