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In the round-up: Esteban Ocon says that Alpine’s performance, relative to the rest of the midfield, has been “very positive” so far in 2022.

In brief

Alpine performance “very positive” and “progressing” – Ocon

Alpine are fourth in the constructors’ championship after two rounds, the team with the most points finishes except Mercedes and Ferrari.

Esteban Ocon said he was pleased with the team’s performance, after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. “I think it’s been two very strong weekends,” he said, calling team mate Fernando Alonso’s retirement “a shame” and saying that the team could have otherwise continued a perfect points-scoring record.

“We’ve been progressing, we’ve been faster than Bahrain, so that’s very good, it’s very positive,” said Ocon, emphasising that “it’s only race two of the year. There’s more for us to come as well. I’m pretty pleased with coming with that many points at the start of the season.”

Bearman fastest on first day of Formula 3 Jerez test

Ferrari Driver Academy member Oliver Bearman has topped the times on the first day of F3’s in-season testing at Jerez. Bearman has started his rookie campaign in F3 strongly, with a podium in the first race at Bahrain and is currently third in the standings behind fellow Ferrari junior Arthur Leclerc and Alpine’s Victor Martins.

Leclerc topped the rain-soaked morning session with a 1’40.202 but Bearman set a 1’33.009 in the afternoon to take the overall fastest time.

Russian racer Alexander Smolyar, who is competing in F3 as an Authorised Neutral Driver this year, was scheduled to participate in the test but did not set a time.

McLaren to run logo of indigenous Australian charity in Melbourne

McLaren’s sponsor SmartSheet has donated its position on their cars to show the logo of education charity Deadly Science, which provides science books and early reading material to remote indigenous communities in Australia.

ABC reported that initially the deal was only to show Deadly Science’s logo on the sides of the cars but that McLaren has agreed to also run it on the cars’ halos.

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