Bittersweet French Grand Prix For Alpine As Fernando Alonso Finishes Eighth And Esteban Ocon Fourteenth

Alpine F1 Team scored four points from the French Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso finishing in eighth place at Circuit Paul Ricard.

While team-mate Esteban Ocon finished outside the points in fourteenth.

The fifty three lap race proved challenging for the majority of the field with tyre graining and degradation a key factor in the race result.

Alonso made a bright start from ninth on the grid as he leapt up to seventh place midway through lap one before settling into his first stint while in eighth place.

His Medium tyres started to show signs of wear and he pitted on lap twenty for Hards.

His pace was strong, and he was able to climb his way back into the points.

For the final five laps, Alonso was locked in battle with Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly for sixth, but the Spaniard had to settle for a well-earned eighth place.

Alonso said: “We started ninth and finished eighth and all in all we executed the race how we wanted, so I am happy with the result today. We weren’t expecting the tyres to degrade like they did and our Medium tyres didn’t last very long at the beginning of the race.

“I was a little bit worried but when we switched to the Hards we showed strong pace and we carried this through to the end and it looked like we might be able to overtake Gasly and Ricciardo ahead in the last few laps.

“We’ve had similar performances at a few circuits now on both Saturday and Sunday, so I think we can be a bit more relaxed that this is our real position and not the one we showed in Monaco.

Ocon also made a solid getaway off the line on Hard tyres, putting pressure on both McLarens ahead.

He wasn’t able to maintain his pace on his first stint and after pitting on lap twenty seven for Mediums, the Frenchman was outside the points.

From there he was unable to make any further ground and he finished in fourteenth.

Ocon said: “It was not the race we were hoping for today and we’ve had a disappointing weekend overall. Today it felt we were lacking something, and we have things to review.

“The pace wasn’t there on either tyre, they were degrading quite quickly, and it meant we weren’t able to push towards the points. We’ll learn from this weekend and move forward. The next race is next week, and we aim to come back strongly.