Alpine F1 Team scored its first championship points of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World
Championship after a challenging race, which led to Esteban Ocon finishing ninth and
Fernando Alonso tenth in an incident-filled Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
It was a challenging race today in hard conditions. There were lots of opportunities out there, we
managed to score a point, a decent result and a good reward for the team’s hard work. There was
potentially more on the table. It was a long, physical race and flat out right until the end after the
restart. I had some fun fights out there, especially with Fernando. Now, we look forward to the next
It was tricky today as we had several different conditions, starting the race in the wet and finishing
in the dry. I took a lot of learnings after driving in these conditions again. In Formula 1, you don’t get
any preparation, and with one and a half days of testing, it’s not easy. Overall, I would say it was like
four-race experiences all in one. I think the car is better this weekend, which is positive but it’s still
very tight between a number of cars. We’ll go again to Portugal.
Marcin Budkowski, Executive Director
We scored our first point of the season today and we had to work hard for it. Both cars had poor
starts in wet conditions and lost several positions on the first lap, which is something we need to
understand. In the dry, our pace was pretty decent with both drivers together on the track and
coming back towards the points positions. Esteban got stuck behind Räikkönen for the final part of
the race and couldn’t make the move, underlining how difficult it is to overtake here. We leave Imola
with bittersweet feelings; pleased to have our first point of the season, but it was a race that didn’t
go as it could have for us. We move onto the next race hungry for more.