It’s not been much better in the races. Since Sakhir, Ocon has finished ninth, seventh and ninth. Alonso has come in 10th, eighth and 17th. The young Frenchman has 10 points to Alonso’s 5.
There are still 19 races to go and Alonso has almost two decades of F1 experience to call upon, but can he really turn around such a comprehensive deficit? For the first time in his career, it looks like the two-time champion’s racing abilities might actually be ebbing away.
Even if Alpine did produce a car capable of challenging in 2022, it doesn’t seem inconceivable that Ocon could stay at Enstone and beat the Spaniard to the title.
Perhaps, if Alonso wanted to seal the ‘greatness’ he so craves, he should decamp to IndyCar and work on securing the ‘Triple Crown’ full-time instead?
The two-time champ’s relative humbling at the hands of his team-mate has been a mere drop in the water compared to what’s been dished out to Sebastian Vettel in recent years.
“To be brutal towards Vettel, he’s always been a crasher”
In terms of performance, the four-time champion has appeared to be on the slide for several years. Despite at times appearing to have the best car on the grid in 2017 and 2018, he comprehensively contrived to throw away golden changes to win and cement the championship, often through unnecessary accidents.
To be brutal towards Vettel, he’s always been a crasher, getting involved in incidents that are more often than not his fault. There’s too many to list here, but trawl through his career results and you’ll find them.
Come 2017 and as Vettel entered his 30s, so the prangs became more frequent. He no longer appears to have the natural speed to offset these incidents – the atmosphere soured at Ferrari in 2019 when their new golden boy Charles Leclerc, looked upon with the same affection as Gilles Villeneuve it would appear, came along and immediately outpaced his team-mate, whilst Vettel still concerned himself with driving into things.