Vettel made his 299th and remaining grand prix begin in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ending his profession with a Tenth-place end for Aston Martin.
The weekend was stuffed with tributes to the outgoing Vettel, who introduced again in July he can be retiring on the finish of the season.
Alpine driver Ocon spent the early a part of the race battling with Vettel, holding him at bay regardless of coming underneath stress till making his first pit cease on lap 14. Ocon would finally go on to seize seventh, whereas Vettel’s longer first stint took him out of rivalry of their battle.
Reflecting on his battle with Vettel after the race, Ocon mentioned it was a “very good battle” however referred to as it “a bit annoying.”
“I didn’t need to be the one touching him in his final race!” Ocon mentioned after the chequered flag. “However yeah, it was a great battle. And a good battle, like all the time with Seb. It was good enjoyable.”
Ocon leads Vettel early within the race
Picture by: Alpine
Ocon, who began one spot forward of Vettel in eighth, mentioned he didn’t go into the scrap having made a aware resolution to keep away from incidents, saying he as an alternative “made a aware resolution to maintain him behind” as “that’s what I wanted to do on the time.”
He added: “I knew once I was going to pit. Our brisker tyres had been struggling, significantly on the medium. However after that it was higher.”
Ocon’s Alpine teammate, Fernando Alonso, mentioned on Saturday after qualifying that he would “take care” of Vettel within the opening phases of the race after beginning proper behind the Aston Martin, and guarantee he stayed out of bother. It did not prove that approach, because the Spaniard remained behind the German within the first stint and later retired.
Alpine entered the Abu Dhabi season finale defending a 19-point lead over McLaren within the battle to complete fourth within the constructors’ championship.
Ocon spent a lot of the race adrift from McLaren’s Lando Norris, solely to shut up on the Briton within the latter phases as his arduous tyres proved extra sturdy over the stint.
Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Group, along with his associate Elena Berri
Picture by: Michael Potts / Motorsport Photographs
Ocon crossed the road only one second behind Norris, believing yet one more lap would in all probability have been sufficient to get sixth.
“It was a really shut race the entire approach, however that doesn’t matter,” he mentioned. “All of the targets that we set ourselves are achieved. We completed fourth within the constructors’ championship. Thank God for that! I misplaced two-and-a-half kilos this weekend in stress and being too targeted.
“It is also my finest season in Method 1 by way of factors. I am very happy with that. It was a great job by the entire staff to have developed the automobile a lot over the yr.
“Hopefully we are able to shut the hole much more for subsequent yr.”