Video/Photo: Ocon completes filming run driving Alpine A521 at Silverstone
The Frenchman was the lone to drive the car with the Spaniard still recovering.
Esteban Ocon completes filming run with Alpine, as Marcin Budkowski explains how the French team have spent their development tokens on their new A521.
The team's 2021 offering was officially launched on Tuesday, after an initial livery reveal with a black base color in early January. Changes were clearly visible on the new car at its launch, but Alpine kept away a full car shot in the limited images they released.
With Fernando Alonso taking time off to prepare better for the official pre-season F1 test, Ocon had the chance to drive the A521 at Silverstone in a filming run of 100 km on demonstration tyres. It was a usual foggy day at the track which disrupted early run.
They manage to complete 16 laps eventually when the fog cleared out. “It was really good fun today," said Ocon. "First of all, it was nice to get in the car again at a track like Silverstone as that’s always something special. The car felt nice to drive for the first time and we managed to get through our programme as planned.
"There was a bit of a delay this morning with the fog, but once that cleared, the track was dry and that made the running very enjoyable. I wish I could drive for more than 100km, but that’s the limit, and I leave here with a smile on my face.
"We want to take that into Bahrain next week when conditions will be more representative with the race tyres and some heat. All in all, it was a very interesting day and I can’t wait to discover more about the car. I have to say, I love the new colours.
"It’s the best-looking car on the grid," summed up Ocon, as he even uploaded a full car image with Alpine 110S on his Instagram. However, he has since deleted the photo but before it was deleted, we managed to take a screenshot here:
The French team has revealed its new colours for the 2021 F1 season.
[Image courtesy: Alpine] [Note: This story was written on FormulaRapida.net]