With a smile and with no apparent regret, Fernando Alonso at the end of the race underlined that his number, # 14, could easily come out of the lottery that was the Hungarian Grand Prix, instead of the # 31 of his boxmate at Alpine. Esteban Ocon. “I could win – said Alonso – it was enough to be on the other side of the track at the start, or not to have Nicholas Latifi act as a cap in front during the first stint “. Indeed Alonso, who started behind Ocon on the starting grid, had been the protagonist of the usual excellent shot but approached Curva-1 on the outside. In doing so, he had to have great reflexes to avoid the ‘crowding’ created in particular by Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin that broke through the right side of Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari SF21.
Bringing the skin home from that first corner was already a challenge – ask Pierre Gasly for information – and being behind Esteban Ocon made Alonso lose valuable ground in the pits on the occasion of the mass return except by Lewis Hamilton before the restart. Alonso’s race then flared up in the final when he kept Lewis Hamilton at bay long enough to secure Ocon’s victory. “It took Hamilton a while to figure out how to tackle the last two corners not to let me go away in that stretch before the straight – added Alonso as reported by the Spanish newspaper Brand – in fact, with Carlos Sainz he immediately put that trajectory into practice, practically passing on the first shot. According to our data, if I hadn’t resisted enough Lewis Hamilton would have won the race two seconds ahead ”.