Esteban Ocon feels that he could have achieved a top five result in the Australian Grand Prix, had he not been caught out by traffic.
The Alpine driver took his third consecutive points finish of the 2022 season by ending the race in P7. Additionally, this has put him up to seventh place in the World Championship standings, making him the 'best of the rest' behind the Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes duos.
However, Ocon came away from the event at Albert Park with a sense of disappointment.
"I'm not as pleased as I was in the last couple of races," he said after the race.
"I think a lot more would have been possible this weekend. I think there was quite a big train of cars that we were stuck behind. There was more pace available for us.
"And in the end, it's a shame because I think top five could have been possible.
"[It has been a] difficult weekend, but to finish P7 is still a very strong result, and I think there's plenty of knowledge we can take on board."
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Ocon happy with Alpine's consistency
With a run of points-scoring results under his belt, Ocon is feeling positive about the level of consistency that Alpine have displayed so far this season.
When asked whether he was hopeful that the team could perform well at a range of different tracks, the Frenchman explained: "Yeah, exactly.
"I think on that regard, we seem to be competitive each weekend. We seem to be consistent, so it's good.
"Obviously, it's what we want, and you have to push the car on the limit each time, and to try new things like we've done this weekend.
"Sometimes you make a step back, but at least you know, and that's what we've done."
On the other side of the garage, it was a difficult weekend for Ocon's teammate Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard had been performing well, but the timing of a Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car caused him to lose ground.
He eventually ended the race down in 17th.
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