Fernando Alonso Continues Points Streak After Battling Drive In Styria Grand Prix

Alpine F1 Team collected two points from today’s BWT Styrian Grand Prix after Fernando Alonso’s ninth place finish in Spielberg.

Team-mate Esteban Ocon finished in fourteenth place.

Point scorer Fernando Alonso said: “I don’t think we could do much more than ninth position today, but it’s good to score some more points for the team. We had a good start and fought with two or three cars on the first lap. After the first pit-stop we were right behind Lance Stroll in eighth and fought with him for the rest of the race.

“In the end the Ferraris on fresh tyres were just too fast for us. We race here again next week, so we’ll analyse everything and try to optimise the car for the weekend.”

It was a lively start to the afternoon for Alonso, who made a strong getaway off the line to put pressure on the cars ahead.

After briefly taking sixth place on the run to Turn 3 on the opening lap, he settled into eighth in the early running.

The Spaniard pitted on lap 27 for new Hards with the pit crew delivering a slick two-second stop.

As the order fell into place, it was a race to the line with Alonso battling with Charles Leclerc and Lance Stroll for seventh place with additional pressure from Yuki Tsunoda behind, Alonso battled hard to cross the line in ninth.

Esteban Ocon said: “It has been a challenging weekend. Today, we were in a difficult position at the start and it was always going to be hard to work our way up the field. We were just not able to follow the group in front where there were some battles and possible opportunities to take.

“We’re back racing in Austria again next week and we’ll try some different things to find solutions. We have some directions to take and I’m already looking forward to next weekend.”

Ocon enjoyed a clean start to the race from seventeenth on the grid and moved up to fifteenth by the end of lap one.

He pitted on lap 36, replacing his starting Mediums for Hards, and remained in the group that was narrowly hovering outside the top ten and advanced to fourteenth place by passing Antonio Giovinazzi nine laps from the end and held position until the chequered flag.