Pierre Gasly calls Sao Paulo GP one of the ‘best races’ in the Alps but Esteban Ocon criticizes his day as ‘not good enough’

Pierre Gasly calls Sao Paulo GP one of the ‘best races’ in the Alps but Esteban Ocon criticizes his day as ‘not good enough’

The two Alpine drivers had mixed fortunes in Brazil, with very mixed feelings emerging despite both taking home the points. Pierre Gasly was buoyed by his strong rise to seventh after starting 15th, but Esteban Ocon was less than thrilled after struggling his way to 10th.

For Gasly, two strong starts earned him a place in the top 10, and from there he was able to bring his double-stop strategy to perfection, climbing back through the midfield and passing Lewis Hamilton to a well-deserved seventh place. While he did not have time to chase down Carlos Sainz, his combination with the Mercedes and Ferrari was clearly the highlight of the afternoon.

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“It was an amazing race, and I’m very happy with the work we did as a team this weekend,” he said. “We deliberately decided to compromise the car settings a little for qualifying to improve our chances in the race and get more straight-line speed.

“And from 15th, eight places, I was able, you know, to join that group with Carlos, with Mercedes, with Aston for a long time, yeah, one of our best races of the season. Good tire management, good stops.”, good strategy. Overall a strong team race with Esteban in 10th and me in 7th, so it’s very positive.”

While his elation was clearly understood, Ocon’s apparent frustration was less evident – until the reason for his slightly slower strategy at three stops was revealed.

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“We had a clutch problem at the start, the second, so we missed it a little bit,” he said. “And then the degradation was so high like yesterday, we seemed to be suffering more than the other cars around us.

“(We had to) go for a three-stop race. We had planned for that as we saw some indications yesterday that this might be a factor, so we will evaluate that going forward.

“We got a small reward, but it’s not good enough.”

Despite Ocon’s frustrations, the double points was still a good result and both drivers respected the team’s orders as well, with Ocon smoothly moving sideways in the closing stages to free Gasly, who at the time was on much newer tyres.

“I think the understanding and communication with the team, and the way we work together, is improving every weekend,” Gasly concluded. “I’ve only just arrived at the start of the year, it feels like yesterday, so I feel like we’ve gotten stronger as a team and it’s very positive to see that. Hopefully next season we can get a stronger package and aim for an even result.” Stronger result.”

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