Alpine Take Double Points At Spa In Belgian Grand Prix

BWT Alpine F1 Team secured its fourth double top ten finish in a row as Fernando Alonso finished fifth and Esteban Ocon seventh in a thrilling, incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps to claim 16 points.

Alonso had finished sixth at the chequered flag, but with Charles Leclerc’s post-race penalty, the Spaniard was promoted to fifth to take 10 points.

Ocon enjoyed a superb, overtaking-dominated display, as he progressed from sixteenth to seventh for his six points.

Making a fast start from third on the grid Alonso leaped to second before colliding with Lewis Hamilton into Les Combes.

Fortunately, minimal damage was sustained to his A522 and he was able to continue the race.

Fifth placed finisher Alonso said:“I am happy with the result today with fifth place. Our performance shows that we are consistently ahead in the midfield.

“It’s clear that when we execute our races well, these are the results we can expect to score. We were also handed a little gift with the penalty to Charles [Leclerc] at the end, but we’ll take it.

“The incident with Lewis [Hamilton] was also unfortunate, but it’s a racing incident and the car seemed fine despite the contact. We can look back and be very pleased with our weekend here with more points scored in both championships as we look ahead to Zandvoort next.”

Ocon made a sensible start and did well to stay out of trouble as he made moves towards the points-scoring positions.

Both drivers were on a two-stop strategy, Alonso with two stints on Mediums before switching to Hards, with Ocon on a Medium-Hard-Medium plan.

Ocon made two double overtakes – one into the final chicane – the other in the closing stages of the race on Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly into Les Combes to jump from ninth to seventh.

After gaining nine places Ocon said: “What a way to wrap up what’s been a fantastic weekend for the team. The car was fast, and I personally had a lot of fun out there racing today, especially with those double overtakes.

“Well done to the team for their work this weekend, we can all be proud of ourselves. I was feeling confident all race and the car felt great and who knows what could’ve happened if we had started further up the road.

“We leave Spa satisfied, knowing it was a job well done, as well as a good haul of points for the team to extend our fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship. Bring on Zandvoort.”

The team remains fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, passing the 100-point mark on 115 points heading into the second race of the triple header next weekend in Zandvoort.