Challenging season opener in Bahrain for Esteban and Alpine

Challenging season opener in Bahrain for Esteban and Alpine

March 5, 2023

Bahrain Grand Prix

Race Report

BWT Alpine F1 Team claimed two points from today’s season opening Bahrain Grand Prix as Pierre Gasly – on debut – climbed from last place to ninth to open the team’s account for the 2023 FIA Formula 1 WorldChampionship. Esteban Ocon endured an unfortunate afternoon in Sakhir as he retired from the 57-lap race, 16 laps from the end.


Esteban’s race was compromised from the start as he received a five-second time penalty for a starting grid infringement. By Turn 2 on the opening lap, a light touch with Lando Norris caused damage to his left front wing end plate, which meant Esteban pitted twice in the opening 15 laps. A further penalty was added for an operational error during the serving of his first penalty before a third infringement for speeding in the pit lane rounded off an evening of frustration for the team and for Esteban.


Esteban Ocon, started P9, DNF:


"Today was not our day. Unfortunately, we made too many operational mistakes and it has cost us today. We need to analyse everything, all the details and learn from those quickly. We’ll take it on thechin together as a team and look forward to the next race where I’m sure we’ll come back stronger. On a positive note, our race pace and performance was good and clearly, we had the speed to have both cars inside the points. I’m already looking forward to Jeddah. We’re going there determined to bounce back and get our season underway."
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