Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi insists that there will likely be no primary on the staff, with Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon given equal standing.
There is no such thing as a doubt that forward of a season which guarantees some epic battles – admittedly, primarily within the midfield – the pairing of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon is already inflicting some to salivate in anticipation.
Whereas the Spaniard is thought for his disruptive nature and thoughts video games, his French teammate isn’t any pushover, as Sergio Perez will attest.
The partnership is given added spice with the information that there will likely be no primary this season, with each given equal standing.
“The drivers need to be as quick as potential and can clearly problem one another,” mentioned Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi on the launch of the staff’s maiden contender this week.
“That is like wholesome competitors and that is about it,” he added. “There is not any instruction and no primary driver.
“(A primary and quantity two contract) would not exist,” he insisted. “I do not assume it exists in lots of groups to be sincere, no less than not in ours.”
“I’ve all the time had an amazing relationship with Fernando,” mentioned Ocon, whose sturdy, no-nonsense perspective in the direction of teammate Perez after they have been companions at Pressure India resulted in a lot of hair-raising moments, “even after we have been racing again collectively in ’17 and ’18.
“I all the time had a lot respect for what Fernando has finished through the years,” he added, “and racing with him has all the time been very shut, however very enjoyable and really gratifying.
“I am positively trying ahead to teaming up with him correctly in an occasion. Thus far it has been an amazing collaboration and I count on it to be the identical for the remainder of the 12 months.”
Whereas the Frenchman gave Perez a run for his cash, he positively got here out second greatest towards Daniel Ricciardo final season.
Requested if he believes Alonso may pose a fair larger menace than the Australian, Ocon mentioned: “We’ll see…
“Fernando is a two-time world champion,” he continued. “Will probably be the primary time that I work alongside a world champion in order that’s very attention-grabbing.
“I count on Fernando to be prepared. He had a whole lot of testing final 12 months and together with his expertise and all what he is finished through the years, I feel right away from the primary race he will likely be on it. So yeah, I count on him to be a tricky opponent for certain.”