Esteban Ocon has driven Alpine’s new Formula 1 car its first run in a filming day at Silverstone.
Technical director Pat Fry said the car’s first run had gone according to plan.
“The shakedown today was, I think the best thing is to say, uneventful, which is always good to be honest,” said Fry. “We managed to fit the running in the dry, avoiding the fog of the morning and the rain that’s certainly come over us here at Enstone. No actual big problems as such.
“There’s always the odd silly little teething thing, but it all went fairly smoothly and we got through the programme. By the time we actually started running I think it was only about an hour to actually get through it all and do it all. So that part of it was all fairly straightforward.”
Ocon was the only one of the team’s race drivers to test as Fernando Alonso remains in Switzerland where he is recovering from the injuries he sustained in a cycling accident last month. The team has said Alonso will be fit enough to take part in pre-season testing when it begins in Bahrain next week.
“The car felt nice to drive for the first time and we managed to get through our programme as planned,” Ocon reported. “There was a bit of a delay this morning with the fog, but once that cleared, the track was dry and that made the running very enjoyable. I wish I could drive for more than 100km, but that’s the limit, and I leave here with a smile on my face.
“We want to take that into Bahrain next week when conditions will be more representative with the race tyres and some heat. All in all, it was a very interesting day and I can’t wait to discover more about the car. I have to say, I love the new colours. It’s the best-looking car on the grid.”
Pictures: 2021 Alpine A521 on track
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