Alpine F1 Team put in a double points finish in an incredible, atmospheric Heineken Dutch Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso finished in sixth position following a breath-taking overtake on Carlos Sainz on the penultimate lap, while Esteban Ocon passed the flag in ninth.
Alonso, who started P9 and finished P6 said: “It was a good weekend for us. We take some good points with sixth position and I thought we were generally competitive all weekend. Our start was good, but it was very close into turn one and two and I had to run wide to avoid hitting the cars around me.
“We then settled into a good rhythm and executed a solid race. Overtaking Carlos [Sainz] at the end felt fantastic, as early in the race I didn’t think we could catch the Ferraris.
“It’ll be interesting to see if we can carry our form into Monza. Spa in the dry was the first time we ran with a very low downforce, so let’s see if we can have another good weekend there.”
The race got underway in hot, sunny conditions with Alonso getting a flying start to pass Ocon and Antonio Giovinazzi around the top of the banking through Turn 3.
The Alpine pair then held station until their sole pit stop, taken on consecutive laps, swapping the Soft Pirelli compound for the Medium.
The pair then subsequently managed their tyres and pace to stay comfortably within the top ten.
Ocon lost one position to a charging Sergio Perez, who had started down the field, and finished in ninth, his fourth consecutive points-scoring finish.
Alonso closed the gap to the Ferrari of Sainz to a wafer-thin margin before sealing the deal with a bold pass in the closing stages of the race.
Ocon, who started P8 and finished P9 said: “It was an eventful race at the wheel, and I’m pleased to score points today. The start was pretty busy, but I enjoyed the battles out there.
“On our side, we probably had the pace to be a position or two higher, but we weren’t so lucky with some situations like blue flags at crucial times. As a team, though, we’ve shown good pace all weekend and we can be pleased with that.
“It’s important points for the Constructors’ Championship and we move onto Monza aiming for a repeat of the same. We were competitive there last year, and the target is to continue the points run.”
Alpine F1 Team remains in fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship and now heads to Monza aiming to extend its points run even further.