Gasly engaged in a duel with the Alpine de Ocon and Alonso

If the fight for the 2021 constructor title is fierce between Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda, it is also in the middle of the standings where the two French drivers, Esteban Ocon at Alpine and Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri, play. After 19 Grand Prix contested out of 22, Alpine is 5th, AlphaTauri 6th; the two teams counting the same number of points (112), but are separated thanks to the victory of Esteban Ocon in Hungary.

At Alpine, it is the Spaniard Fernando Alonso who scored the most points (62) against 50 for Esteban Ocon. At AlphaTauri, the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda only scored 20 while Pierre Gasly, often in the Top 10, has 92. Suffice to say that‘he is almost alone against the two drivers of the French team, determined to stay ahead.

« Like all the drivers on the grid, we are heading towards the unknown in Qatar because it is a place where Formula 1 has never raced, says Esteban Ocon. In Brazil, we tried to make life difficult for Gasly pushing our limits, but he was faster than us. We are two against one and in the final fight we will attack to beat them« .

In Qatar I think it will be quite physically demanding

Pierre Gasly

Absent from the fight, the young Japanese Yuki Tsunoda therefore leaves Pierre Gasly quite alone in the fight for the oh-so-important 5th place among the constructors. « After Brazil, we are still fighting, » says Pierre Gasly. In Qatar I think it will be quite physically demanding because of all the high speed sections. This is the kind of track that I like, with a lot of fast corners where you can really push the car to the limit of its aerodynamic capabilities, so that should be very interesting. « 

With three Grands Prix to go to the end of the season, Alpine and AlphaTauri therefore remain level on points. It remains to be seen whether Pierre Gasly will allow Alpha Tauri to keep up or overtake Alpine. A difficult mission while in the drivers’ standings and with 92 points, he is ahead of Alonso by 30 lengths and Ocon by 42.

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