Alpine F1 Team claimed five points from an incident-filled Italian Grand Prix after Fernando Alonso finished eighth and Esteban Ocon tenth at Monza.
The result sees the team remain fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with its points-scoring streak continuing to thirteen races.
In scorching conditions, both cars made solid starts on Medium (C3) tyres and avoided trouble during the opening exchanges. Alonso climbed up to ninth and Ocon took two places to slot nicely into tenth.
An early rhythm was established before Ocon was instructed to cede his position on lap seven to Nicholas Latifi following what was deemed an illegal overtake during the first lap.
Ocon, who gained two places said “It was a busy race for us today and, while scoring a point is always good, I feel we were very unfortunate not to score more. I had a good start, made a couple of places, and then I had to give a position back to Nicholas [Latifi], which cost us time.
“Then, I was having a good battle with Sebastian [Vettel], we touched a bit at Turn 4 without having any damage and received a five-second penalty for the manoeuvre. With the timing of the Safety Car, we had to serve it at the pit-stop and that really cost us as it looked like we could have gained a big advantage from that. I disagree with the decisions on both incidents, but that’s how it goes sometimes. The one point doesn’t reflect the team’s work this weekend as there was potential for more.”
Ocon then faced battles with the Williams driver ahead and Sebastian Vettel behind. Going into Turn 4 on lap 15, he made minor contact with the German driver and a subsequent five second time penalty was given for the incident.
Alonso pitted for Hards on lap 25 before a Safety Car was deployed a lap later with a Turn 1 incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
Former Formula One Champion Alonso said “I think we maximised our potential today considering it was an uncompetitive weekend for us after qualifying thirteenth and fourteenth on Friday. It was quite a lonely race for me, but both cars finished in the points so it’s a good result for the team.
“I think the result shows we executed a good race, strategy and pit-stops. Now Monza is out of the way, hopefully we can find our competitiveness again for the next race and fight for more points in the championship.”
Taking advantage of the Safety Car Ocon pitted for Hard tyres, serving the five-second penalty during the pit-stop.
At the race resumption, Alonso occupied eighth with Ocon eleventh.
The Frenchman pushed on and passed Latifi into Turn 1 on lap 32 with Alonso hustling Lance Stroll for seventh.
At the chequered flag, Alonso held eighth and Ocon in the final points paying position.
The team will now prepare for the Sochi Autodrom, Russia in two weeks time on September 24-26.