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Brawn defends Alonso's "tough" defensive F1 moves on Hamilton

Ross Brawn believes that Fernando Alonso’s “tough” defensive moves in Hungary were fair despite sparking an in-race complaint from Lewis Hamilton, making for a “brilliant” Formula 1 battle.

Alonso taught Hamilton the F1 racing line in Hungarian GP

Fernando Alonso reckons he taught Lewis Hamilton a better racing line in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix that the Mercedes driver then applied to pass Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

The "heart-breaking" call that led to Ocon's Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Ocon credits Alonso for role in shock Hungary F1 race victory Hungarian GP
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Ocon credits Alonso for role in shock Hungary F1 race victory

Esteban Ocon paid tribute to Fernando Alonso for his role in helping him take a shock maiden Formula 1 victory for Alpine in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Ocon: "Fighting spirit" Alpine’s big strength in battle for fifth

Esteban Ocon believes Alpine’s “fighting spirit” will be its biggest strength in the battle for fifth place in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship against Aston Martin and AlphaTauri.

Alonso feels like 25 ahead of turning 40 in Hungary

Fernando Alonso is showing few signs of dwelling on becoming the Formula 1's latest driver racing over 40 in Hungary this weekend, saying he feels like he is 25.

Ocon confident Alpine has solved problem on his F1 car
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Ocon confident Alpine has solved problem on his F1 car

Esteban Ocon feels “pretty sure” that Alpine has solved the problem on his Formula 1 car after changing chassis ahead of last weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Alonso clarifies ‘dark side’ F1 comments at British GP

Fernando Alonso has clarified his comments about racing on “the dark side” in Formula 1 after his aggressive start to Saturday’s sprint race at Silverstone.

The funny pitwall moment triggered by Alpine's soft tyre choice British GP
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The funny pitwall moment triggered by Alpine's soft tyre choice

Fernando Alonso brought Formula 1’s first sprint race alive at the British Grand Prix, when an inspired choice of soft tyre helped him catapult up the field at the start.

Aggressive Alonso plans to stay on F1's “dark side”

Fernando Alonso says he plans to stay on the “dark side” for the rest of 2021 after an aggressive performance in Formula 1’s first sprint event at Silverstone.

Ocon feels his F1 "pace is back" after Silverstone turnaround British GP
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Ocon feels his F1 "pace is back" after Silverstone turnaround

Esteban Ocon has said his "pace is back" at the British Grand Prix and thanked his Alpine Formula 1 team for making changes to his car ahead of the weekend.

Can Alpine turn its 2021 F1 season around?

Can the Alpine Formula 1 team put a disappointing start to the 2021 season behind it and begin to fulfil the potential of the A521?

Ocon gets new F1 chassis for British GP to "eradicate doubt"

Esteban Ocon will get a new Alpine Formula 1 chassis for this weekend’s British Grand Prix to “eradicate any doubt” that technical issues caused his recent slump in form.

Alonso doubts Williams will now be a regular F1 threat to Alpine

Fernando Alonso doubts that Williams will now become a regular threat to Alpine in Formula 1 despite his battles with George Russell over the two Austria race weekends.

Why the F1 title-winning Alonso is back, both on and off-track Prime

Why the F1 title-winning Alonso is back, both on and off-track

OPINION: Fernando Alonso's lacklustre start to his Formula 1 comeback in 2021 raised questions about whether the same Spaniard many argue is one of the best drivers of the modern era was still in there. But recent events have shown the fire still burns inside the double world champion and that he still has the belief in himself to do the job.

Ocon wants to change ‘maximum’ number of Alpine F1 parts for British GP

Esteban Ocon wants to change the “maximum possible” number of parts on his Alpine Formula 1 car before Silverstone in a bid to solve his recent struggle for form.

Alonso felt "stupid" sticking to Turn 1 track limits in Austria

Fernando Alonso felt “a little bit stupid” sticking to track limits at Turn 1 in Sunday’s Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix, believing he lost places due to drivers running wide.

Alpine ‘bitter’ about ‘collateral damage’ in F1 flexi-wing saga

Alpine has admitted that it feels ‘bitter’ about becoming ‘collateral damage’ in the flexi-wing battle between the Red Bull and Mercedes Formula 1 teams.

Alpine praises Alonso for not throwing "hissy fits" after tough start

Alpine sporting director Alan Permane has praised Fernando Alonso’s approach to his comeback Formula 1 season, taking accountability for the tough start instead of throwing “tantrums or hissy fits”.

Ocon: Alpine probing causes of recent F1 qualifying slump

Esteban Ocon says Alpine will investigate whether recent updates and changes made to his Formula 1 car are the cause of a slump in his qualifying performances.

Alonso: Abu Dhabi F1 changes "should be better for overtaking"

Fernando Alonso thinks the changes made to Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 track will work in improving overtaking and bring some ‘joy’ to drivers.

Alpine: No Mercedes exit clauses in Ocon’s new three-year F1 deal

Alpine boss Laurent Rossi has clarified there are no exit clauses within Esteban Ocon’s new three-year Formula 1 contract that would allow Mercedes to sign him.

Esteban Ocon signs new Alpine F1 deal until 2024 French GP
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Esteban Ocon signs new Alpine F1 deal until 2024

Esteban Ocon has signed a new three-year deal with the Alpine Formula 1 team, keeping the Frenchman at the Enstone outfit until the 2024 season.

Alpine chasing answers on lack of F1 race pace

Alpine has admitted it is still chasing answers as to why its current Formula 1 car is quite strong in qualifying but lacking in race pace.

Alonso felt he was "losing time" in F1 before taking break

Fernando Alonso felt like he was “losing time” racing in Formula 1 prior to his two-year break that allowed him to pursue other series and racing disciplines.

Alonso: Alpine's F1 rivals flattered by street circuit run

Fernando Alonso thinks the form of some of Alpine’s main Formula 1 rivals – including Ferrari – has been flattered by recent street circuits helping their tyre preparation.

F1's braking focus behind Baku crash fest, says Ocon

Formula 1’s spate of crashes over the Baku weekend are a consequence of a recent trend of teams and drivers chasing laptime gains under braking, reckons Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

Flexi-wing push motivated by weight saving - Alpine

The push for flexi-wings in Formula 1 was motivated more by saving weight than any straightline speed advantage, says Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski.

French GP will start "a new championship" for Alonso

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso says "a new championship" will start for him from mid-June's French Grand Prix while he still gets up to speed after a two-year absence.

Ocon highlights 'massive' role of new engineers in performances

Esteban Ocon believes his new Formula 1 engineering crew has quickly formed an "excellent team" on his side of the Alpine garage, aiding his impressive start to the 2021 season.

Painful Monaco GP "a glitch" in Alpine's F1 progression

The Monaco GP was "a glitch" in the Alpine Formula 1 team's recent progression, according to the Enstone outfit's executive director Marcin Budkowski.

Alonso: Alpine has "question marks" after Monaco Q1 exit

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso says his team has question marks on its lack of pace in Monaco following the Spaniard's 17th place in qualifying.

How box office Alonso is still proving his star quality in F1 Prime

How box office Alonso is still proving his star quality in F1

Fernando Alonso's return to Formula 1 in 2021 with Alpine has so far not reached the heights that made him a legend, but there's no doubting his status and ultimate target. After his outstanding exploits away from the grand prix scene, the Spaniard opens up on his driving performance level, F1's future and how he's really viewing his comeback - and in doing so reveals just what he really brings to motorsport's top tier

Alpine Academy F2 drivers unfazed by Ocon contract talks

Alpine’s trio of Formula 2 academy young guns remain unperturbed by contract renewal talks with Esteban Ocon which would end any chance of graduating to F1 with the team next year.

Alpine already in talks with Ocon over new F1 contract

Alpine has already opened talks with Esteban Ocon’s management to keep him beyond 2021, and is not currently considering any other drivers for its Formula 1 team next year.

Alpine: Ocon "a significantly improved driver" in 2021

Esteban Ocon has become a "significantly improved driver" after working hard over the winter to build his confidence, according to Alpine Formula 1 co-chief Marcin Budkowski.

Alonso on... F1's health, WEC, IndyCar and Dakar

Alpine racer Fernando Alonso returned to Formula 1 after a two-year sabbatical, completing something of a motorsport odyssey.

Alonso: Title fight between multiple F1 teams a few years away

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso says he is expecting it to take “two or three years” past 2022 before Formula 1’s upcoming rules revolution allows multiple teams to battle for the title.

Ocon's future up to himself, Alpine before Mercedes input - Wolff

Toto Wolff says it will be up to Esteban Ocon and Alpine to decide on their Formula 1 future together before Mercedes has any input on his plans for 2022.

Alpine's progress almost "too good to be true" - Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks that Alpine's major step forward in the last two Formula 1 races is proof of genuine progress, even though it seems "too good to be true".

Alonso: Early F1 season struggles overblown by media

Fernando Alonso suggests too much is being made of Formula 1 drivers at new teams struggling in 2021 and asks observers not to over-analyse his early results with Alpine. 

Alonso: Alpine car "much more alive" despite qualifying struggles

Fernando Alonso says Alpine’s A521 Formula 1 car felt “much more alive” at Portimao despite dropping out in Q2, with the team unsure why he lost so much performance.

Alpine: Wind tunnel issues cost us weeks of development time

The Alpine Formula 1 team says the wind tunnel problems it experienced over the winter cost it several weeks of development time – which translated in to lost tenths of a second per lap.

Alpine "in a position to fight" at Portimao - Ocon

Esteban Ocon believes Alpine is in "a position to fight" at the front of the Formula 1 midfield after a strong performance in Friday's practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Spa WEC: Alpine edges Toyota in second practice

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car topped a session at Spa for the first time this week after edging out Toyota to lead second practice for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

Brivio: Talking with Alonso no different to MotoGP champion Mir

Alpine Formula 1 racing director and former Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio says talking with Fernando Alonso is "not very different" to reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir.

Alonso impressed by "dedicated" Ocon as new Alpine F1 teammate

Fernando Alonso says he has been “impressed” by Esteban Ocon’s dedication since becoming Formula 1 teammates with the French driver at Alpine for 2021.

Brivio: Team radio biggest difference between F1 and MotoGP

Alpine racing director Davide Brivio says the use of team radio is the biggest difference he has felt since leaving MotoGP for Formula 1 at the start of the year.

Alpine: Imola F1 car updates may be stronger at other circuits

The updates brought by Alpine to Imola for its A521 Formula 1 car may offer a bigger step in performance at other tracks, according to racing director Davide Brivio.

Alonso: Playing catch-up in F1 is no excuse for current form

Fernando Alonso says he cannot use his lack of recent race experience in a Formula 1 car as an excuse for his lacklustre performance at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Alonso: Lack of trust in Alpine car costly at old-school Imola

Fernando Alonso feels he is not yet able to fully trust where the limit of Alpine’s Formula 1 car is after qualifying 15th for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Alpine F1 car hindered by wind tunnel problem

Alpine has revealed that a wind tunnel problem hampered its progress over the winter and put it on the back foot with its current Formula 1 challenger.

Alonso: I need to improve myself more than Alpine car

Fernando Alonso says he needs to improve himself more than Alpine has to make its Formula 1 car better.

Revealed: Alpine's aggressive F1 aero updates for Imola

Alpine has arrived at Imola with yet more parts to test as it looks to recoup the losses that all teams were subjected to by the new aerodynamic regulations for this season.

F1 partner teams ‘not a good deal’ currently, says Renault CEO

Renault’s CEO has downplayed the possibility of linking the Alpine Formula 1 squad to a partner team in the near future, saying it is currently “not a good deal”.

Alpine: Bahrain GP exposed weaknesses with F1 car

Alpine says that weaknesses with its current Formula 1 car are costing it the vital lap time it needs to be fighting at the front of the midfield.

Alpine "scared" itself in Bahrain with hot-weather struggles

Alpine wants to understand why its Formula 1 car is seemingly less competitive in hot conditions after it “scared” itself in the Bahrain afternoon sessions last month.

Alpine won't let Alonso/Ocon rivalry get out of hand – Prost

Alpine says it will not allow the rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to evolve into a destabilising force inside the Formula 1 team this year.

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Prime

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Ocon: Alpine has "no margin" in battle for F1 points 

Esteban Ocon thinks his Alpine team doesn't have any "margin" for error if it wants to score points in the 2021 Formula 1 season.