Alpine and Ocon enjoy “best day of F1 preseason testing”

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A522. Formula One Testing, Friday 11th March 2022. Sakhir, Bahrain.

Pink was the lucky colour for the Alpine F1 Team on Friday as Esteban Ocon enjoyed what he and the team hailed as their best day of 2022 Formula 1 preseason testing.

It was a double-take moment when the ‘Pink Panther’ drove onto the pitlane resembling the Racing Point cars of 2020. By the end of the day, Ocon had amassed the second most mileage on a busy day at Sakhir, setting the fifth-best time of the day

The French team reported that the Ocon’s morning programme ran smoothly in scorching hot temperatures. In the afternoon, despite a precautionary stoppage on track towards the evening, no issues were discovered and he went on to complete 111 laps in total.

Ocon said in the team report: “Today was our best day of pre-season testing so far with very good progress made and good understanding gained on the Alpine A522.

“We ran through a busy programme pretty much to plan, which is very important at this stage of the test. It’s been solid and I’m happy with the work completed today,” added the Frenchman

Permane: I would say today was our best day this winter

Ocon continued: “The next time I’m in the car will be next Friday for the first Practice session of the season. This is when it all really counts so I’m looking forward to doing it all for real.

“Hopefully Fernando can continue the good work tomorrow and finish our preparations for the season as best as possible,” added Ocon who will be on the sidelines on Saturday as Fernando Alonso takes over the cockpit of the Alpine A522 for the final day.

Alpine F1 Team Sporting Director, Alan Permane echoed his driver: “I would say today was our best day this winter, with Esteban completing 111 laps in total from the morning and the afternoon running.

“We also managed to find some decent pace after investigating the car setup yesterday and Esteban was much happier with the balance. The conditions were also quite challenging with the hot and windy weather.

“It should be a step cooler tomorrow, but it’s the same for everybody and we’ve got to be prepared to deal with any conditions next weekend. Ultimately, we are pleased with the overall mileage that we’ve achieved and the car ran well all day.

“We look forward to the final day of testing tomorrow with Fernando back in the car,” concluded Permane; Alonso will be on duty all of Saturday.