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Alpine’s Esteban Ocon Stresses Caution Despite Breakthrough Point in Miami Grand Prix

Alpine's Esteban Ocon has tempered excitement following the team's first point-scoring finish of the 2024 Formula 1 season at the Miami Grand Prix, stressing that there's no room for excessive...

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon has tempered excitement following the team’s first point-scoring finish of the 2024 Formula 1 season at the Miami Grand Prix, stressing that there’s no room for excessive celebration. Despite the relief of breaking a prolonged point-less streak, Ocon remains grounded, highlighting that a 10th-place finish is merely a modest achievement in the grand scheme of their aspirations.

The French driver acknowledged the progress made since the dismal performances earlier in the season, notably in Bahrain where both Alpine cars languished in the back of the grid. Ocon emphasized the significance of the team’s resilience and incremental improvements, particularly in understanding the challenges posed by their overweight car.

“We don’t want to be jumping around and celebrating too hard,” the Frenchman insisted.

“Obviously, it’s only a top 10. But considering where we were a couple of races ago in Bahrain, 19th and 20th, we can take the positive out of this race.

“The baby steps that we are doing at the moment and that obviously feels good because the team kept motivated trying to understand what is going on with our pace, and it hasn’t been the smoothest weekend.

“But it’s two races that we’ve come close to the points: 11th in Shanghai, 10th today – we are inside the points, and definitely feels good to come out of this weekend with some reward.”

Alpine’s Miami outing saw a glimmer of hope with the introduction of an upgrade package, enabling the team to meet the minimum weight limit for the first time this season. While this development offered a performance boost, Ocon remained realistic about their competitiveness, admitting that the team still struggles to translate qualifying pace into race results.

“We are still better in qualifying than we are in the race,” Ocon said. “Today if you leave 10 more laps probably Nico would have been very close and fighting with us again.

“I had to fight my way through in that race. It was insane how many moves I had to do and the fact that we’re struggling with the straightline speed as well didn’t help too much.

“So not the perfect lead up to the race from Saturday onwards, but nevertheless, we come up with some reward.”

Ocon’s cautious optimism is underscored by Alpine’s newfound position in the standings, now ahead of Sauber and Williams, who are yet to score points this season.

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