Alpine will not let themselves get carried away that Esteban Ocon’s shock victory in Hungary signals a big improvement in fortunes.

Not since Kimi Raikkonen won in a Lotus-badged car at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix had the Enstone-based factory tasted F1 success as a constructor, until Ocon crossed the line first at the Hungaroring.

It was a race in which the Frenchman enjoyed his fair share of luck, with five different podium finishers of either 2020 or 2021 eliminated in a melee at the first corner while two more suffered damage to their cars that severely compromised their chances.

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