Esteban Ocon: “The only teammate at Alonso’s level was Lewis”

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Alpine’s Esteban Ocon says only Lewis Hamilton has done better than him against Fernando Alonso, back when they were team-mates at McLaren.

Esteban Ocon is currently ahead of his team-mate Fernando Alonso in the 2022 championship standings.

While talking about his reputation in the paddock, Ocon noted that only Lewis Hamilton has performed better against Alonso, as his team-mate.

“I don’t read everything that is said about me, but I hope that when I do something good, it is reported as such, and that others can get an idea,” the French driver told Autosport.

“But it is true that there are some people who say to me ‘ah, I didn’t notice your qualifying at Spa’, or ‘I forgot you won last year’. I admit that I find it a bit strange.

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“In the end in qualifying, compared with Fernando, it is 9/7 to him, but I have a few more points in the standings. Last year, if we talk about qualifying, we finished the season in a draw: 11 to 11.

“If I look at Fernando’s career, the only teammate at his level was Lewis. Everyone else has not done better than me. Personally I feel that I am doing a good job.

“So it is a bit strange at times to see that on the outside there are those who perceive in a slightly different way,” Ocon concluded.

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