Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocons The fight was one of the key events of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix that caught everyone’s attention. The Spaniard and the Frenchman tried to overtake each other.
The other 9 teams on the F1 grid may have had orders from their respective team principals to hold their positions, but that was not the case with Alpine. Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer was more than happy to see the Alpine duo competing until Ocon was finally ordered to hold his station.
British ex-racer and 13-time race winner David Colthard thinks differently. Coulthard believes that if he were in a position of authority like Szafnauer’s, he would have instructed the Alpine duo to stop fighting each other at Jeddah, notorious for being the world’s fastest circuit. Coulthard believes that you don’t win the race by battling your teammate at a track like Jeddah.
“You never score if you don’t finish” : David Coulthard
David Coulthard had spoken to Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer and asked him if he was okay with Ocon and Alonso competing on the track. Szafauer replied: “I’m okay with our guys racing early because it didn’t cost us too much time.” “Sideways however it has started to spoil the overall picture of the race but obviously he is even more disappointed that Alonso’s car stopped on track.added the former racer.
“You never score if you don’t finish.” Coulthard pointed out that if Szafnauer was in position, he would have instructed the two drivers to abandon the race early as they were aiming for a podium finish. Alpine had a win last season so they should be on the lookout for such lucrative opportunities. “And scrapping so hard so early, as entertaining as it was, isn’t going to get them the fastest race.”
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He also shed some light on the impact of the Alpine duo’s struggle on the race, as Ocon was initially overtaken by Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Alonso was forced to relinquish his A522. After being told to retire in the pit lane, the Spaniard reacted harshly but Coulthard said it showed the 40-year-old still had a desire to drive in Formula One. “It’s one thing to act in front of the cameras” Added Coulthard.
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