Esteban Ocon thanked his Alpine team for keeping faith in him through a difficult spell earlier in the season after taking a shock win in the Hungarian Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton at the restart.
Ocon then resisted race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel to claim his first win in Formula 1. It was also the first victory for Alpine, previously known as Renault, since the French manufacturer returned to F1 as a constructor five years ago.
“It feels so good,” said Ocon. “It’s the first victory, obviously, since the Renault Group came back into Formula 1.
“We had some difficult moments this season but we overcame together with the team. We came back to a fantastic pace in Silverstone and this victory today what can I say, it’s fantastic.”
Ocon paid tribute to his team mate, whose defence of fourth place from Lewis Hamilton for several laps kept the charging Mercedes driver from catching him.
“Congrats to Fernando as well because I think the win is also thanks to him, with the fight that he did,” said Ocon. “It’s teamwork, all that. It’s been a fantastic day.”
Ocon rebounded from a difficult pair of races in Austria where he was eliminated in Q1 twice in a row. A change of chassis before the British Grand Prix weekend solved his problems with the car.
He said he owed the team “a big thank you for the trust that everyone is putting in me.”
“In difficult moments when you are out of Q1, when you are P17, you don’t know where you are exactly, the team kept a big trust,” he said. “We are back where we belong so that’s fantastic.
“Sebastian was mega-quick the whole race, put me under a big pressure, but we managed to to hold him up so that was a great effort.”
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