Fernando Alonso secured his greatest results of his comeback season to Formula 1 in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with the Spaniard taking a wonderful sixth place on the Baku City Circuit.
The Alpine F1 Team racer was concerned within the battle for factors all through the race, however the late race purple flag and restart gave him the chance to make up locations, which he did by making an excellent begin. Ultimately, Alonso moved up from the again finish of the highest ten to run seventh after only one flip, earlier than passing Yuki Tsunoda on the surface of flip 5 to say sixth.
However, regardless of his late race progress, Alonso feels the workforce might want to tackle the shortfall in tempo the A521 confirmed in race circumstances.
“I am happy for the team that we took some good points from this weekend, I felt we deserved it after a challenging weekend,” mentioned Alonso. “The last laps have been loads of enjoyable and we tried to assault and be aggressive to get well some locations.
“The weekend was quite solid for us, but we did lack a little bit of pace during the race. So we need to review that but I am happy with the day in the end and we’ll look to take this forward into France.”
“I didn’t seem to catch a break here” – Esteban Ocon
Team-mate Esteban Ocon was out of luck in Azerbaijan, with the Frenchman the primary retirement of the race after his A521 suffered a mechanical failure on simply the fourth lap.
Ocon had been working forward of each McLaren F1 Team drivers when he suffered a lack of energy, which meant an early tub for the Frenchman, who has typically discovered unhealthy luck when racing in Baku. He has solely completed one in all his three races in Azerbaijan.
“I didn’t seem to catch a break here, it’s very tricky obviously and we had a pressure loss and had to retire the car very early on,” mentioned Ocon. “We had a very good begin and I used to be in entrance of each McLarens and preventing with these round us.
“I was doing my race and it was going well and the pace was there for the top ten, which Fernando showed in the end.”
Ocon’s consideration now turns to his residence Grand Prix in France, and he can’t anticipate the chance to race on the Circuit Paul Ricard later this month.
“It was not our weekend, that’s clear, but we will turn the page and look forward to the next one, the French Grand Prix,” mentioned the Frenchman. “It’s going to be an awesome one for me, I can’t wait to race there again.”