Esteban Ocon has issued a short statement to clarify that he was at the wheel of an Alpine A110 delivered to French police force Gendarmerie Nationale. The police force are taking delivery of 26 Alpine A110 cars as their rapid intervention vehicle, with Ocon heading along to accompany the handover of the first of the machines from Renault to the Gendarmerie. Taking the opportunity to carry out some donuts, his antics attracted negative attention from members of the public who went on social media to complain. The comments came from posters who appeared to be under the impression that the driving was being carried out by members of the police force as it was painted with the logo of the Gendarmerie and had already had police modifications fitted. "After reading some tweets, I want to clarify that I was at the wheel of the A110 Gendarmerie for a promotional shooting organised by Alpine," Ocon said on social media. The video was recorded and released by Alpine, with Ocon's driving carried out in a professional capacity for promotional purposes.
On-time delivery for @alpinecars : only 25 left to deliver! ✅ F1 driver @OconEsteban and Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO, delivered in person to the French @Gendarmerie its first rapid intervention vehicle, the #AlpineA110 . 🚨 pic.twitter.com/rjFt4XDjbw — Renault Group (@renaultgroup) January 1, 2022