Ocon made an impressive start to the year for Alpine, registering four straight points between Imola and Monaco, but saw his form dip from Baku.
The Frenchman saw his season hit a low in Austria as he was knocked out in Q1 in both races, which resulted in a DNF in the first round in the second event he pinned to his grid position .
Ocon struggled to understand why he was lacking pace compared to teammate Fernando Alonso, which prompted Alpine to make a chassis change ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
It seemed to have the desired effect as Ocon qualified 13th, a tenth of a second behind Alonso, then finished both Sunday’s sprint race and grand prix in the top 10.
The performance left Ocon satisfied that the team got to the bottom of their problems with the A521 car, helping to end their slump.
Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521
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“Yeah, I’m pretty sure we’ve fixed the problem we had,” Ocon said.
“It wasn’t just a chassis change that we made. There were a lot of things [in the] the background and other paths that we have changed. We spotted something after [Austria] Monday, and we wondered if that might be the reason.
“The only thing that matters to me is that obviously I feel good now. And as soon as we got out with the car in practice, it was competitive, as it should be. It was much better. “
Ocon had been asked whether his own motivation was a downsizing factor, given that it coincided with the signing of a new three-year contract with Alpine.
But Ocon felt it was clear that the problem lay with the chassis as his results were “completely outside the performance of the car” for Alonso.
“We were a lot slower than on the other side of the garage,” Ocon said. “The car has always been able to be fair in Q3. This is where we had to fight.
“That’s what we did this weekend [at Silverstone]. The first run of Q2, I was in the top 10. There was a messy final run in Q2, with a lot of traffic and passing on the last corner before we started the lap and everything. Otherwise, we could have been in Q3.
“It hasn’t been for a long time. So I’m pretty sure we’ve spotted what was wrong, and hopefully we can continue this streak like we did at the start of the year.