Esteban Ocon is full of praise for his Alpine team-mate Fernando Alonso after his surprise victory in a spectacular Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Frenchman gave his team its first Formula 1 victory on Sunday at the Hungaroring.

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"What a moment. This feels so good," Ocon exulted.

"We've had some difficult moments this season, but we've overcome them. We came back with a strong race at Silverstone and now the win. This is fantastic."

Ocon benefited from a crash at the start, which included Max Verstappen, and a strategic miss by Lewis Hamilton.

Things went awry in the first corner when Valtteri Bottas collided with Lando Norris.

The Briton in turn hit Max Verstappen, who had to continue the race with considerable damage and finished only tenth.

At the restart Hamilton was the only one on the grid and all the other drivers opted for a tire change.

The Briton realized moments later that he also had to exchange his intermediates for slicks, which caused him to fall back to fourteenth place.

This gave Ocon the lead.

"I also want to congratulate Fernando," Ocon said of Alonso, who finished fifth.

"The victory is also due to him because of the fights he fought. This is teamwork and a great day."

Esteban Ocon thanked his teammate Fernando Alonso after his win.

Esteban Ocon thanked his teammate Fernando Alonso after his win.

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'Alonso and I are a very dangerous duo'

Alonso helped his teammate by keeping Hamilton, who was catching up, behind him for laps.

When the reigning world champion finally caught up with the experienced Spaniard, it was too late to drive to Ocon and Sebastian Vettel - who finished second.

"This is also wonderful for Fernando," said Ocon.

"Since the beginning of this year we have been a very dangerous duo. We are working together to take the team forward. I heard a lot of things about him before I came here, but he is a fantastic guy and I enjoy the collaboration with him."

For the previous race in Great Britain, where Ocon finished ninth, he had a mediocre run.

In Azerbaijan and Austria he dropped out and in France and Styria he did not get further than fourteenth place.

"I want to thank the team for all the trust they have put in me. During the difficult moments I had no idea where I was. We are driving again where we belong."

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