Frenchman Esteban Ocon suffered a mechanical problem this Saturday in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, which partly explains his poor performance and his fifteenth position on the Silverstone starting grid.
From the start of Q2, Esteban Ocon lost power due to a battery temperature that was too cold for optimal performance, as confirmed by Alpine team director Otmar Szafnauer. Therefore, this lack of power nailed Etseban Ocon to the bottom of the grid, as the Frenchman could not improve his time to move to Q3: ” Today has been one of those tough days for us. A battery-related power loss at the start of Q2 prevented us from being competitive in the session and we finished fifteenth, which isn’t great for tomorrow’s race. » Ocon told us this Saturday evening at Silverstone.
“I’m still positive, however, because this year we have gone further and scored points, so the goal will be the same tomorrow. We are analyzing the problem now and hope that the team can solve it and we will be in condition for the race. We can move forward here at Silverstone, so we will have to take every opportunity available to get a decent result. »
On the other side of the garage, Fernando Alonso had a happier qualifying session with a seventh place on the Spanish driver’s starting grid: So far, the weekend at Silverstone has been pretty tough with mixed weather conditions. Today we are a bit disappointed with our result in the standings because we not only have two riders enjoying the humid weather, but also a race car that has proven to be competitive in the rain, as we saw in Canada two weeks ago. » explains the main team of the stable, Otmar Szafnauer.
” Sure Fernando had the potential to be a few places higher, but in Q3 it’s about being on a fast lap at the right time, while Esteban wasn’t happy with the battery being too cold for optimal performance. That said, we keep looking forward and on Sunday the points are awarded and tomorrow we have a long race that will no doubt offer good opportunities for both cars to progress. »
This weekend, Alpine has introduced a major upgrade to its car and, despite the complicated driving conditions due to rain, Szafnauer says he is pleased with the performance offered by this new aerodynamic package on the A522: ” We are happy with the improvements made to the car, we have managed to gather additional knowledge and data about those with dry running that we were able to make this weekend. We look forward to tomorrow’s race where the goal will be to have the two cars in the top 10 on the checkered flag and I see no reason why this goal cannot be achieved. »
Exit grid at Silverstone
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|Sergio Pérez||Red Bull|
|Pierre Gasly||Alpha Taurus|
|Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo|
|Yuki Tsunoda||Alpha Taurus|
|Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin|
|Passeig de Llança||Aston Martin|