In the roundup: Esteban Ocon talks about Alpine’s Belgian Grand Prix weekend after his most points tally in 2022
Ocon praises the best weekend of the Alpine season
Esteban Ocon has chosen last weekend’s Belgian GP as the best of the Alpine season and the best since joining the team in 2020.
The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix winner was fifth-fastest in qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, but grid penalties meant he started 16th. He was back in seventh place late in the race, with a pass from three wide down the Kemmel straight on the way, while teammate Fernando Alonso finished fifth from third on the grid.
“I think it’s been our best weekend of the year so far and probably since I joined the team,” said Ocon. “I think the update that we brought here, how the car was performing, there is definitely no comparison to how we were, even in Budapest.
“I’m very, very impressed, we still have more tools to come, so it definitely gives us a confidence boost for the rest of the year.”
Ocon added that he was “really disappointed” at having to start the grand prix from 16th as he “knew we were going to be quick”.
Tsunoda is shy about his future Honda but confident in the 2023 seat
It is yet to be confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda will race for AlphaTauri in Formula 1 next year, but the junior Red Bull and Honda driver has no doubt he won’t keep his seat for a third season.
“I can’t say anything about it. [Honda’s involvement in my future]but I know what things trigger or will trigger that in next year’s contract.
“At the moment I cannot say [details], you just have to drive. For me, what I can do now is just focus on myself and get results.”
The Japanese driver is currently 16th in the standings and has not scored a point since the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
Andretti and Dennis continue their association with Formula E
Jake Dennis will continue to race for Andretti Autosport in Formula E next season, the first of the series’ Gen3 era.
For the 2022-23 campaign, Andretti will switch from BMW to Porsche for powertrains and Dennis is the first driver confirmed to race for the team next year. He has won three races and taken three pole positions in his first two Formula E seasons with the team, and his rivals had courted him before opting to stay with the Anglo-American team on a new multi-year deal.
“I started my FE journey with Andretti and I am excited to continue working with the team that has continued to support my career in this series,” said Dennis. “The ninth season with the Gen3 era is an exciting time for all the teams, and for us in particular with the new relationship with Porsche as powertrain supplier.”
Schumacher returns to F2
David Schumacher, son of grand prix winner Ralf and cousin of current F1 driver Mick, will return to the FIA Formula 3 grid at Zandvoort this weekend with Charouz Racing.
The DTM driver has already been called up by the team once this year to compete at Imola, and he will again be a substitute as Charouz’s recent signing Christian Mansell has to return to his Euroformula campaign, which has a round of clashes.
Imola [was] It was a tough weekend, but we definitely had the pace, so I’m pretty sure we’ll have a lot of potential in Zandvoort as well,” said Schumacher. “I know the track from last year and that could be a small advantage, also given that the weather situation could be variable and open up different scenarios.”
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On this day in motorsport
- 20 years ago today Michael Schumacher dominated the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, beating Rubens Barrichello in a one-two for Ferrari