With Fernando Alonso ending P8 and Esteban Ocon ending P18, Alpine puts in its pocket a good Friday in Montecarlo, at least on one side of the garage. The French team is now looking forward to try some improvements in view of tomorrow qualifying, which is crucial in Monaco, as there are very few spots in the circuit where it is possible to overtake.
After trying all the possible sets-up, with soft, hard and medium tyres, both drivers seemed quite happy with the result, but they explained how important is for the team to find some improvements for the following races.
Esteban Ocon, is “excited” to be back in Monaco and said: “It’s good to be back driving in Monaco. These cars are more challenging on a track like this. We have to find some improvements if we want to be where we want to this weekend”. The French team tried some different set-ups: “We learned a lot today, trying different set-ups between the cars. We have some work to do in order to be in a good position for tomorrow here in Monaco. I’m looking forward to more practice tomorrow afternoon”.
On the other side, Fernando Alonso, didn’t feel very comfortable in FP1 but bettered his lap time in FP2: “Monaco is always different because we have to find confidence in the car. FP1 was a bit messy, but in FP2 we started to dial in my car. We have to fix some inconsistent balance and understand the tyres a bit more for qualifying as getting a good position here, is crucial and the main subject of the weekend. Despite the work we have to do, It’s always special to drive here with a lot of adrenaline”.