Esteban Ocon has thanked Alpine for sticking by him despite some trick moments in 2021 as he won a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ocon became the 111th Formula 1 race winner after holding off Sebastian Vettel all race at the Hungaroring, having started from eighth on the grid.
“What a moment,” Ocon said post-race. “We have had some difficult moments this season that we overcame with the team.
“This is fantastic. Congrats to Fernando as well because I think the won also is thanks to him with the fight that he did. It’s been a fantastic day.
“Thanks to the trust for everyone put in me. In difficult moments when you are out of Q1 or 17th, you don’t know where you are but the team kept a big trust and we are back where we belong so that’s fantastic.
“Sebastian was mega quick the whole race, with big pressure but we managed to hold him off so that’s was a great effort.
Ocon praised Fernando Alonso for keeping Lewis Hamilton at bay and revealed he has loved working with the two-time world champion this season.
“It’s been awesome to work with Fernando. Since the beginning of the year we are forming a real shock duo, we are working together and pushing the team to try and improve and get close to the front.
“Everyone told me a lot of things before Fernando before I came but everything is wrong. I can tell you he is a fantastic guy and I’m really enjoying the collaboration we have together."