Alonso does not look or drive like a 39-year-old, says Ocon

By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) – Esteban Ocon anticipates brand-new group mate Fernando Alonso to come back highly with Renault-owned Alpine this season after 2 years out of Solution One and at the age of 39.

The double world champ will be the 2nd earliest chauffeur after Alfa Romeo’s 41-year-old Kimi Raikkonen and last month had jaw surgical treatment after an accident with an automobile while biking in Switzerland.

Ocon, 24, stated he had actually been impressed by the Spaniard’s efficiency in post-season screening last December and believed he would be tough to beat.

“What we have seen with Fernando in Abu Dhabi is that he doesn’t look like a 39-year-old and he doesn’t drive like a 39-year-old,” he informed press reporters ahead of the launch of the group’s 2020 vehicle.

“So trust me, he will be ready and he will be performing at top level. No doubt he will be strong but I will do my best against him and push him as hard as I can.”

Alonso, who has actually changed left Australian Daniel Ricciardo, won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and much of individuals who worked with him then are still at the Enstone factory.

The Spaniard’s Solution One profession, with 32 race wins, began in 2001 and consists of stints at McLaren and Ferrari.

Ocon has yet to base on the leading action of the podium however he stated Alonso would not be favoured in the group.

“He’s obviously a great champion but the team is going to listen to me as well,” stated the Frenchman. “And I have the experience of the car from last year, we know the way that we have to develop it and at the moment Fernando says the same things.

“He brings his viewpoint and it’s not too different. The group is trusting me for what I’m offering, for the feedback I’m offering, what we wish to attain generally. It’s not due to the fact that Fernando is coming that all the advancement is going to be his side.

“That’s not the policy of the team and it will stay like that.”

The season begins in Bahrain on March 28 after 3 days of screening from March 12-14.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Christian Radnedge)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.