Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer has explained how Esteban Ocon played a crucial role in helping Fernando Alonso towards the end of the Canadian GP.
The French team secured a sixth and, initially, a seventh place with Ocon coming home ahead of Alonso, with the Spaniard annoyed over team radio after looking for team orders to get him past Ocon in the closing stages.
This was after Alpine kept Alonso out long for the first stint, with the Spaniard struggling for pace on his aging tyres after starting from second on the grid. Alonso crossed the line to finish in seventh but, after being summoned before the stewards for weaving in defence on the final lap, was given a five-second time penalty. This penalty dropped him to ninth place.
With Alonso saying he had “been quicker all weekend” than Ocon, Szafnauer explained afterward that the positioning of the two cars had been considered by the team and left alone, as Alonso needed the use of DRS from Ocon as a result of an engine issue…