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Twitter reacts to Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon's Ballon d'Or appearance

Jake Nichol November 30, 2021
Twitter reacts to Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon's Ballon d'Or appearance
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The worlds of Formula One and football crossed paths on Monday night in Paris as Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon delivered the Ballon d’Or trophies. Here’s some of Twitter’s best reactions.

Dressed in attire similar to that of French music legends Daft Punk, Alonso and Ocon are drivers for the French-owned Alpine team.

They handed over the Ballon d’Or trophies on stage before they were handed out.

Paris Saint Germain and former Barcelona icon Lionel Messi claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or title.

Barcelona star Alexia Putellas scooped her first win in the women’s award.

But it was Alonso and Ocon’s surprise appearance that got people talking.

As usual, Twitter got to work, and here are some of the best reactions.

Alonso and Ocon at the Ballon d’Or

More Twitter reaction

The two racing drivers were present due to Alpine’s sponsorship of the event.

Ocon claimed a maiden grand prix win in Hungary earlier this season.

That was thanks in part to Alonso’s stunning defence against a charging Lewis Hamilton.

The Spanish driver held Hamilton off just enough so Ocon could claim the win.

Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

Double world champion Alonso’s best result is third place last time out in Qatar.

It was the first time he’d finished on the podium since 2014.

Alonso and Ocon will quickly be hot-footing it out of Paris and on to Saudi Arabia and Jeddah.

F1 will race on a brand-new street circuit this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2021 championship.

Hamilton trails rival Max Verstappen by just eight points, going into a track which should suit his Mercedes more than Verstappen’s Red Bull machine.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.