After starting from the first row, Fernando Alonso was eighth when he grew frustrated with an engine issue, and his pace on the straights in the final stages was hampered, leaving him susceptible to Bottas. Esteban Ocon’s lead allowed Alonso to pursue him and use DRS to keep him free of the Alfa Romeo driver. The strategy succeeded, as Alonso finished eighth, but he was fined five seconds for going too far ahead of Bottas on the final lap, lowering him to ninth. Ocon was pleased with his sixth-place finish, adding that the vehicle felt better on Sunday than it had earlier in the weekend.
Alpine driver Esteban Ocon was pleased with the team’s result at the Canadian GP, he felt they did a good job as other cars were quicker than theirs. “Well, I think on our side we can be pleased with today. I think the car felt a little bit more alive than it did on the last last two days. There’s still plenty for us to understand on why that was. But I think we maximised the potential overall, because the cars ahead, they were too quick. And the cars behind were a bit quicker than us to be fair.
“Valtteri at the end was putting quite a lot of pressure on Fernando. And we tried to play the team game for me to give the DRS to Fernando. Fernando had this little issue with the engine. So he was losing a little bit of power. I was backing off to him on purpose to try and help him to get the tow on me to be able to defend on Valtteri. So we did a really good teamwork, all together, and we managed to hold off.” added Ocon.
“It’s a big boost for us in the constructors’ championship. And yeah, McLaren not scoring obviously helps us to come back. We have done that in the past, in Brazil last year. And I was not going to pass him when this happened. But if that means he can defend on Valtteri, and not get the overtake done for Valtteri, then we can always switch back afterwards.” Further exclaimed the 25 year old French driver.