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Esteban Ocon
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Esteban Ocon

Date of birth
1996-09-17
Age
27
Nationality
France
Country
France
Date of birth
1996-09-17

Esteban Ocon Biography

Born: 17/09/1996 Evreux, France 

Esteban Ocon, one half of the all-French driver line-up for French team Alpine, hasn’t always had an easy path in F1.

Having caught the eye with his impressive rise through the junior ranks, Ocon is one of F1’s newest race winners following his shock success in the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

His current tenure at Alpine was somewhat foretold during his early years when he was snapped by Renault (which owns the Alpine sportscar brand) aged just 14 to join its driver development programme.

Often finding himself in competition with now Alpine team-mate Gasly through karting, they also went head-to-head for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 title in 2013, with the latter winning out.

Ocon’s reputation surged on the back of a successful run to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title as a rookie in 2015, though found his achievements overshadowed by rival Max Verstappen, who was fast-tracked straight into F1 from F3, despite being defeated by the Frenchman.

Ocon backed up the F3 crown with the GP3 Series title in 2015, once more with ART Grand Prix, but upon defecting to Mercedes to join its young driver roster, was syphoned into a DTM drive for 2016 rather than GP2.

Despite struggling in the touring car series, Ocon - after being loaned back to Renault to complete Friday free practice outings - got his F1 chance mid-way through 2016 at Manor Racing.

2023  

Alpine F1 Team

12th – 58 points  

Ocon was partnered by childhood rival Gasly for the 2023 season after Fernando Alonso made a shock move to Aston Martin. So, considering their history with one another, there were doubts pre-season over how the two would fare as team-mates but 2023 did not feature any bust-ups. 

Regardless, it was still a disappointing season for Alpine who dropped from fourth to sixth in the championship as it struggled with an inconsistent package that usually struggled at low-downforce circuits.  

It contributed to Ocon’s lowest points-scoring season since 2018, while the Frenchman finished inside the top 10 in just over half of the grands prix in 2023. Poor reliability is what contributed to a largely frustrating year as Ocon suffered seven DNFs, which was only matched by Logan Sargeant. 

However, there was still a positive with Ocon scoring a shock podium in Monaco, but that was not enough for him to finish above Gasly in the championship where four points separated the quite evenly-matched Alpine duo.  

2022

Alpine F1 Team

9th - 92 points

Coming into the new season looking to build on his race-winning campaign the previous year, though Ocon failed to make it back onto the podium in 2022, he was a regular top 10 finisher.

With Alpine stepping up its competitiveness under the new technical regulation directive to surpass McLaren as the fourth best team on the grid, Ocon scored points in 16 of the 22 grands prix.

Peaking with a run to fourth in the Japanese GP, Ocon ended the year ninth in the standings and ahead of double world championship winning team-mate Fernando Alonso.

2021

Alpine F1 Team

11th - 74 points

With Renault morphing into its sportscar sub-brand Alpine for the 2021 season, Ocon was joined by Alonso at the team.

Despite the Spaniard commanding the lion’s share of the attention, it was Ocon who delivered Alpine’s best result with a shock victory in the Hungarian GP.

Having benefited from a first turn pile-up that lifted him from eighth to second, Ocon continued to run strongly behind Lewis Hamilton for much of the race before the Briton’s decision to pit opened the door for the Frenchman to assume the lead.

Despite fading tyres, Ocon was able to hold off Sebastian Vettel to claim a famous first F1 win for both himself and Alpine, which in turn marked a first for the Renault company outright since Alonso’s Japanese GP in 2008.

While the rest of the season delivered more nondescript results, Ocon was a regular points scorer, highlighted by top-five finishes in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to lift him to 11th in the drivers' standings.

2020

Renault F1 Team

12th - 62 points

With no prospect of a Mercedes seat becoming available for the foreseeable future, Ocon reignited his relationship with Renault to join its driver line-up for the 2020 F1 season.

While the delayed start to the year hampered his momentum upon returning to F1, Ocon enjoyed a string of solid results, including a sixth place at Silverstone and a fifth place at Spa, even if he failed to sparkle in the highly competitive midfield.

Nevertheless, the season did herald Ocon’s maiden F1 podium result with his second place finish in the Sakhir GP. Having worked his way up to third behind the two Mercedes cars, Ocon would have had a shot at victory had he not been overtaken by Sergio Perez shortly before pit-stop blunders dropped the ‘Black Arrows’ out of contention.

2018

Force India F1 Team - Racing Point Force India F1 Team

12th - 49 points

With Force India’s momentum stuttering amid growing financial issues behind the scenes, the troubles hampered car development initially, as Ocon scored just once in the opening five races.

Results picked up mid-way through the year with sixth place finishes in Monaco and Austria, but Force India’s issues came to a head as the summer break approached when the team abruptly entered administration.

A rescue bid led by Lawrence Stroll ensured the team - now known as Racing Point - could end the season, but came with the caveat of Ocon knowing he would be replaced for 2019 by Lance Stroll.

After failing to secure a drive for 2019, Ocon returned to Mercedes in a test and reserve driver role.

2017

Force India F1 Team

8th - 87 points

Switching to Force India for the 2017 F1 season after being selected over Wehrlein, Ocon justified the team’s faith with an impressive maiden campaign that earned acclaim.

Scoring in all but two of the season’s 20 grands prix, Ocon cut a familiar figure in the upper-half of the field throughout, sustaining a run of 27 consecutive races of reaching the finish line.

However, the season was marred by multiple run-ins with team-mate Sergio Perez, which created friction within the squad. Triggered first by Ocon ignoring team orders to allow Perez through in Canada - prompting an angry exchange over the team radio - the pair then collided at the Azerbaijan GP, which scuppered the chance of a double podium.

When yet another altercation led to Perez squeezing Ocon towards the wall on the run to Eau Rouge at Spa, bosses were forced to intervene with team orders.

Despite the ructions, Ocon went on to end the season eighth in the overall standings with a best finish of fifth in Mexico.

2016

Manor Racing

23rd - 0 points 

Ocon’s opportunity in the series came on F1’s return from the summer break following Manor Racing’s dismissal of Rio Haryanto from its driver line-up.

Creating an intriguing direct head-to-head between himself and fellow Mercedes protege Pascal Wehrlein, with bosses hinting at a possible endorsed promotion to a more competitive team for 2017, a rivalry quickly ensued.

Buoyed by having Manor’s most competitive car to date at his disposal - despite its financial issues - Ocon settled in well to prove a close match for Wehrlein straight away.

Keeping his head down to reach the flag in each of the final nine races, Ocon very nearly scored in a wet Brazilian GP, only to be overtaken twice on the final lap to leave him 12th.

Esteban Ocon Racing Record

Year Team Finishing Position
2016 Manor Racing 23rd
2017 Force India F1 Team 8th
2018 Force India F1 Team/Racing Point F1 Team 12th
2020 Renault F1 Team 12th
2021 Alpine F1 Team 11th
2022 Alpine F1 Team 9th
2023 Alpine F1 Team 12th
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