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Fernando Alonso has hit out at former team-mate Esteban Ocon as their tense feud continues despite being in separate teams. Alonso criticised Ocon for targeting him instead of working together for the good of the team as he praised Lance Stroll at Aston Martin.
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The comments come just months after Alonso slammed Ocon in Brazil which prompted a furious response from the Frenchman. Speaking in Miami, Alonso told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo: “Lance is a driver who thinks like a team-mate.
“Last year, the opposite happened to me. I was always my team-mate’s first target and that obviously is something that does not always benefit the team.” The duo came together during Sao Paulo’s sprint race last season in one of the final battles the pair would have as team-mates at Alpine.
After the clash, Alonso went in on Ocon after being asked if the two stars would sit down for talks. Alonso explained: “No, not really – I don’t need to. One more race and it’s over, finally.”
However, Ocon made it clear he was annoyed at the double-world champion’s remarks before they parted ways. He commented: “It’s no secret that I was disappointed in seeing his comments after the race.
“There was no need for some [of the] criticism that he has done. But I respect him a lot. I will forever respect him for what he has done on the track over the years. He’s a legend of the sport and that won’t change – but I was a bit disappointed.”
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi claimed the accident would be a sackable offence for anyone else. However, Alonso has continued to critique the French manufacturer since leaving the squad at the end of last season.
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At Aston Martin’s launch, the 41-year-old stressed the team’s motivation was “different” to other teams he had raced in. He slammed his previous squads as being “comfortable” finishing fourth compared to Aston Martin where the team was driven to secure wins.
After Miami, Alonso praised Aston Martin for giving him the tools to succeed. He added: “I think I’ve been always motivated, always working hard. I probably didn’t always have the team believing in my performance – my ability to setup the car as well and to move forward.
“I didn’t change anything but Aston Martin changed everything for me.”
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