One of the most exciting interpretations of the Hungarian Grand Prix won by Esteban Ocon’s Alpine was Fernando Alonso’s defense of Lewis Hamilton. The teammate of the Frenchman, two times world champion but fifteen years ago and beyond, has slowed down the comeback of the British Mercedes. He did it with a spectacular, correct defense, making the most of the track until, after a strenuous resistance, he gave up the blow. The compatriot Carlos Sainz, on Ferrari, did not oppose as long as he did: in that case, however, an even greater difference in performance in the tires entered.
“Why didn’t Lewis win? Because when on lap 48 he set middle school, he found Fernando Alonso on his way. Here Ocon won the race, when between the 55th and 65th lap Fernando drove Hamilton mad. A champion defense, on an Alpine with hard rubber against a W12 with fresh tires. To be left open-mouthed“, Writes the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Ocon celebrates his first success not failing to thank Alonso’s teamwork, a fantastic wingman in containing Hamiton’s comeback: he resisted half a dozen laps before being overtaken and his car is not comparable to the Mercedes.“, Recalls the newspaper La Repubblica.
In general, the Hungarian race has fully returned the Alonso that everyone remembered: tenacious, capable, fast. “Who says F1 is boring? A little rain is enough and even in the Hungaroring toboggan anything can happen, including the first career victory of Esteban Ocon and the Alpine, triumphant at the end of a circus afternoon ahead of Hamilton and Sainz, second and third place fruit of the disqualification of Vettel. The highlight of the day is the duel between Lewis and his old rival Alonso, fourth on the other Alpine, a ten-lap breakout that prevents Hamilton from launching the last assault on Ocon and Vettel“, We read in the Press.