The Frenchman was lucky to just avoid the accident at the start, while Lewis Hamilton also made a mistake at the restart. But that didn't make Alpine any less happy.
CEO of Alpine happy
Laurent Rossi, Alpine's CEO, told Sky Sports afterwards he was very pleased with the victory. "I am incredibly proud and delighted with this result," the boss stated. "For Esteban, for Alpine, for Renault Group, for Fernando and for the teams across the UK and France that have worked tirelessly to deliver the first victory for Alpine."
"It has been an incredible week; we started with the opening of our Alpine dealership in Hungary, marked Fernando’s birthday and now we finish with a double French victory! We can celebrate this now and use as inspiration for further success as we carry on the Alpine journey well into the future."