Fernando Alonso was extremely unhappy with his relegation from the Mexican Grand Prix because of a problem with the Renault drive system in his Alpine car. The Spanish driver also said that the damage was only on his side, hinting at preferential treatment for his team-mate Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman responded by explaining that he had changed just as many units as Alonso.
“My gearbox broke at Imola. I had a problem at Silverstone too. I failed in Singapore. And my car broke down, we’ve both had car problems. And I can list them. But I’m happy with the team’s strategy, which chose the speed of the car over endurance.”
“I’ve changed six engines as much as he has. His smoked in Mexico, but we have the same number of units,” he said Okon
In Mexico, there was a danger that both Alpine cars would drop out of the race, Ocon also revealed.
“There was a lot of concern with cooling throughout the race. I had to adapt my riding for a large part of the distance. I couldn’t attack at max. We have to review many things,” commented the French pilot.
“The team told me that the situation is critical and I have to be very careful. When you drive like that, you obviously don’t accelerate like people do. You lose a lot of lap time, especially on a track like this. We managed to finish, which was the most important thing. But we lost important points,” Okon added.
P8 in Mexico after a tough race. We were on for a strong double-points finish before Fernando’s unfortunate retirement and the cooling issues on my side. But we’ll be back and we’ll keep fighting until the end. 😤 Two to go… @AlpineF1Team
¡Gracias México! 🙏🏼🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/yRE5ylSqa4
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) October 30, 2022
Alonso’s tirade was also commented on by Alpin’s Formula 1 boss Ottmar Schaffnauer
The two-time world champion compared the situation at the team he is leaving at the end of this season to that in the first year of Honda’s return to Formula 1. Schaffnauer worked at Honda’s Grand Prix team from 2001 to 2008.
“The engines of Alonso and Ocon are not always prepared by the same people. The probability that the problem will always occur in only one pilot is zero. I remember when I was at Honda how [Такума] Sato had 13 broken bikes in one year, huh [Дженсън] Button – none. Just like now, it’s a matter of luck,” Schaffnauer said.