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Alpine F1 News: Esteban Ocon Shares Frustration After Chinese Sprint Qualifying

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Esteban Ocon expressed his concerns about Alpine’s underperformance after both he and teammate Pierre Gasly were eliminated in the first session of sprint qualifying at the Chinese GP. The team, currently last in the constructors’ championship, faces continued struggles.

The return of Formula 1 to the Shanghai International Circuit, marking its first appearance since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, proved challenging for the Alpine team, as they faced early eliminations in the sprint qualifying session. Esteban Ocon and his team could not break past the initial barriers, with the French driver finishing 17th in a field packed with aggressive competitors.

A pivotal weekend for F1, featuring the season’s inaugural sprint race, saw only a single practice session before sprint qualifying—a factor that many teams, including Alpine, struggled with. The condensed schedule limited teams’ ability to fine-tune their setups and adapt to the demanding Shanghai track, which is renowned for its long back straight and tight corners, presenting a unique challenge after a long absence.

Ocon, clearly disappointed with the team’s performance, shared his concerns post-race, emphasizing the combination of inadequate preparation and untapped car potential:

“We did not maximise the potential of the car today. I think we can extract more performance from the car and, unfortunately with only one practice session, we did not put everything together in time for Sprint Qualifying,” Ocon explained in the Alpine post-session press release, as quoted by Pitpass.com.

Esteban Ocon of France and Alpine F1 reacts during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 18, 2024 in Shanghai, China. Esteban Ocon was frustrated after the…

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“We will try our best to make progress in the Sprint Race tomorrow morning and make changes to the car when Parc Fermé opens ahead of Qualifying for the Grand Prix. We will do some analysis overnight and evaluate what set-up changes we can make between sessions to improve tomorrow.”

As Alpine languishes at the bottom of the constructors’ standings, the pressure mounts not only to resolve the immediate issues seen in Shanghai but also to reassess the season’s approach.

Ocon’s teammate Gasly also opened up on the challenges faced by the team so far during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend. In the same press release, Gasly stated:

“A challenging Friday morning session for us, due to a high voltage problem but the team worked hard and managed to swap the Power Unit and the battery before Sprint Qualifying as a precautionary measure.

“The session turned out slightly better than expected, although, we are far from where we want to be currently. From what we have seen so far, the upgrades to Esteban’s car look to be a step in the right direction, so I am looking forward to Miami where we both will be able to run the updated car. In the meantime, we will continue working hard to get the maximum out of the car in the Sprint Race and Qualifying tomorrow.”

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