Ocon: I'm speechless, I'm on a cloud

Ocon: I’m speechless, I’m on a cloud

Ocon: I'm speechless, I'm on a cloud
Esteban Ocon took a timely podium for the under-pressure Alpine Formula 1 team at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, and admitted he was speechless following his achievement.

Esteban Ocon set himself on the path towards a Monaco podium, his third in Formula 1, after an impressive performance in Qualifying on Saturday where he was fourth fastest, but was then promoted to third after Charles Leclerc received a penalty for impeding Lando Norris.

During the race, Ocon survived pressure from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who tapped his rear tyre at Nouvelle Chicane on Lap 12, the #55 Ferrari sustaining front wing damage, as the #31 Alpine went on to survive the rain that hit the track from lap 52 onwards to take a much needed podium for his team, under immense pressure from the big wigs at Alpine and Renault.

To make things even better, the 26-year-old Frenchman was also voted Driver of the Day by the fans at the end of the race in Monaco.

“I’m speechless, I’m on a cloud at the moment – I don’t know what to say!” Ocon said after the race, quoted by F1’s Official Website.

Alpine would’ve been happy with a top ten finish

“Before the weekend, if you told us that we were going to be in the top 10, we would have been happy, you know? But it’s not the top 10, it’s not the top 5, it’s a podium! We are on it, and the energy I’ve received from everyone from [this] weekend has been awesome.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the support I got, and that one goes to all the team, from Viry to Enstone to the track. This one’s for us and hopefully there’s many more to come,” he added.

Asked to reflect on his eventful race, Ocon said: “It can never be easy can it? I mean we had the podium under control, but we had damage after that hit from Carlos, and then we were easily in that third position, but then the rain came and shuffled everything again.

“But we boxed in the right moment, we took all the right decisions, and today that’s what mattered,” he insisted.

The Alpine driver admitted the third place in Monaco was just what the team needed as they endure extreme pressure from the top management.

“I think everyone is delighted. It shows never stop believing, keep pushing and that’s what we did, so let’s see where we are next week [at the Spanish Grand Prix]. But we will digest and enjoy before,” Ocon concluded.