In the round-up: Esteban Ocon was satisfied with his pass on his former team mate during the Singapore Grand Prix.
Alonso was “growing impatient” behind Perez – Ocon
Ocon spent 36 laps behind Fernando Alonso before pouncing on the Aston Martin driver for eighth place as the pair ran behind the slowing Sergio Perez.
The Alpine driver gained two more places as the Red Bull pair pitted, but he retired with a third of the race to go. Nonetheless, Ocon was pleased to have been on course for a good result and particularly satisfied with his pass on former team mate Alonso.
“It feels as good as taking sixth place,” he said of the move. “It was quite nice.
“Early in the race I saw that I was quite comfortably following him, much more than the other races where we were quite close on track. His rear-end was quite loose, mine was quite stable, and I knew that at some point my time would come, because there was a lot of fighting. Max [Verstappen] was off, Sergio was quite slow ahead and I was seeing him growing impatient and at some point obviously tried to go, and that opens the door for me to go alongside and then to pass also Checo.”
Piastri “really happy” with 17th to seventh charge
Oscar Piastri scored the third-best result of his rookie season so far in Singapore with seventh place and did so from a lowly 17th on the grid.
The McLaren driver ran 14th through the race’s first stint, gained a spot with his first pit stop, and then another on a Safety Car restart. When Kevin Magnussen had two offs on lap 36 of 62, Piastri profited to take 12th and then the Red Bull drivers’ pit stops and Ocon’s retirement lifted him to eighth. That became seventh when Alonso pitted, and although he was overtaken by Verstappen he moved back up a place when George Russell crashed out ahead on the last lap.
“I’m really, really happy,” said Piastri afterwards. “I think starting 17th in Singapore is never the most exciting prospect. So to come away with P7, after all that, is a fantastic result. I don’t think we could have done more than that. So I’m very happy, a great result for the team as well, great points.
“I think we’ve had a really good start. First lap as well. Picked off a few cars and then we just were patient and had a safety car that was at the right time, this time, which helped. Some good fortune, but also some good moves, good patience and just capitalising only when we had to.”
Mercedes juniors make headlines in Italy
The highest profile junior single-seater series in action last weekend was the Formula Regional European Championship, and points leader Andrea Kimi Antonelli nearly won both its races at Monza.
The Mercedes Formula 1 junior won the first race on-the-road from fourth on the grid, but was handed a post-race penalty for illegally activating push-to-pass on lap one. That dropped him to 11th in the final results, but he bounced back the next day with pole and victory to cement his status as title favourite.
Fellow Mercedes junior Alex Powell meanwhile did win a title, as the Champions of the Future kart series finished at Franciacorta. He did not win a single race at the event, but second in the final was more than enough to make him champion. He confirmed that, after next month’s World Karting Championship, he will move up from karts for cars.
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