Esteban Ocon's streak of negative results ended in Great Britain, after four weekends in which the Alpine driver was unable to achieve a top-10 finish. A performance diametrically opposite to that of his Spanish team-mate Fernando Alonso, who in the same races managed to always gain precious points.
Alpine decided to make a chassis change ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It all seemed resolved as Ocon qualified 13th, lapping less than a tenth of a second behind Alonso, and finishing both the Sprint Qualifying race and Sunday's Grand Prix in the top 10.
The adjustments on his car seemed to work, at Silverstone, Ocon finally performed well as his teammate.
“I’m pretty sure we've solved the issue that we had,” - Ocon said - “It's not only a chassis change that we've done. There were a lot of things [in the] background and other paths that we changed. We spotted something after [Austria] on the Monday, and we questioned ourselves if that could be the reason."
“The only thing I care about is that, obviously, I feel good now. And as soon as we did go out with the car in practice one, it was competitive, like it should be. That was much better.” he added.
Despite the news of the contract renewal for another three years with Alpine, some rumors directed the bad performances to a motivating factor, which Ocon has expressly denied. For Ocon it was always clear that the problem was with the chassis as his results were completely out of the performance of Alonso's car:
“We were a lot slower than the other side of the garage,” - Ocon said - “The car was always capable of just being in Q3. That’s where we were supposed to be fighting," he explained.
“That's what we've done this weekend [at Silverstone]. The first run of Q2, I was inside the top 10. There was a messy last run in Q2, with a lot of traffic and overtaking in the last corner before starting the lap and stuff. Otherwise we could have been in Q3."
“That hasn't been the case for a long time. So I'm pretty sure we spotted what was wrong, and hopefully we can continue that run of scoring points like we were doing in the beginning of the year,” he concluded.