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Szafnauer hopes Ocon and Gasly are telling ‘reality’ over feud

2022-11-24 13:40:20

Otmar Szafnauer says he believes Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly’s affirmations that their karting feud is not going to impression the Alpine Method 1 crew after they be a part of forces in 2023.

Gasly will drive for Alpine as of subsequent season, having accomplished a change from AlphaTauri to fill the vacant seat alongside French compatriot Ocon after Fernando Alonso departed for Aston Martin.

Each Ocon and Gasly’s F1 data are remarkably comparable by way of begins, wins, podiums and factors, and the 2 additionally each hail from the Normandy area.

Nevertheless, there’s a feud between them that stems again to their days in go-karting, which has morphed into extra skilled respect than mutual adoration as they climbed the ranks to Grand Prix racing.

The 2 have dedicated to placing this behind them and dealing collectively for the sake of Alpine’s push in direction of championship competition, and boss Szafnauer is ready to take them at their phrase.

Szafanuer on Ocon and Gasly reality

“Hopefully, what they are saying is true, and I imagine it’s,” Szafnauer defined to media when requested by RacingNews365.com if he believed the feud was behind the drivers.

“I’ve talked to each of them, they usually each say the identical factor.

“I’ve talked to Esteban greater than Pierre, as I do know [him] extra, and I requested him: ‘Do you suppose this is a chance to rekindle your friendship?’

“He stated: ‘Yeah, by no means say by no means, let’s examine what occurs’, so he’s positively open to it.

“I did not ask that very same query to Pierre, however as soon as they’re buddies once more, or are working collectively professionally, that match turns into no totally different than some other two drivers.”

Ocon’s temperament

Throughout his time in F1, Ocon has gained a fame as being troublesome along with his teammates, having had run-ins with Sergio Perez at Power India in 2017 and 2018, whereas there appears to have been a breakdown in relations with Alonso over the course of 2022.

Szafanuer has recognised this, however believes the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix winner has matured.

“He is positively extra mature and he is bought a greater understanding,” Szafanuer defined.

“The factor that basically pleases me about Esteban is that, underneath strain, he typically doesn’t make errors.

“I noticed it when he gained towards [Sebastian] Vettel in [Budapest 2021]. We (Szafnauer was then at Aston Martin) had a sooner automobile, and he didn’t make a mistake.

“It was much more spectacular for me in moist situations drying in Suzuka, which isn’t a simple observe.

“To have Lewis [Hamilton] behind you in a faster automobile and also you end forward of him.

“He’s quick, however can he make enhancements? Sure, we’ll work out the right way to get higher.

“He must in all probability make higher judgments when his teammates are subsequent to him.

“You do not win it on the primary lap, teammate or not. When you’re aggressive towards a competitor, you each exit and also you each lose.

“You are aggressive towards a teammate and also you each exit, guess who loses?

“So it’s simply that higher judgement [he needs to work on]; you may get him later.”

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