ALPINE driver Esteban Ocon misplaced his seat as an official Method 1 driver in 2020, however the Frenchman seems to be again at his greatest and is raring to threaten the game’s elite.
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Pink Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes have dominated Method 1 for the higher a part of 20 years, however Esteban Ocon is intent on upsetting the game’s institution. The Frenchman has completed among the many prime 10 in solely one in every of his 4 full seasons thus far however is assured he can someday prime the pile.
It was solely in 2019 that Ocon’s F1 aspirations had been put unsure after he spent the season as a reserve driver for Mercedes. The 25-year-old had misplaced his seat at Racing Level to Lance Stroll, however he rejoined F1’s ranks with Renault—who later rebranded as Alpine—in 2020.
Workforce-mate Fernando Alonso clinched back-to-back world championships whereas on Renault’s books in 2005 and 2006. The French producer has struggled to provide the identical sort of problem in recent times, however Ocon has stated he believes Alpine can compete for prime honours, including he “wouldn’t be right here” until he felt that was the case.
“You realize, my goal is to be world champion someday, I’m not right here to sit down round and simply take part within the race. I imply, for that, it doesn’t matter to me,” he stated throughout a latest look on Past the Grid. “No, what I need is to create extra recollections, like we acquired that win in Budapest [in 2021], that podium in Bahrain, that podium in Qatar, with Fernando.
Esteban Ocon nonetheless has main title ambitions in F1 (Picture: Getty)
“I imply, in case you ask Fernando, he would be the identical. That’s the ambitions of Laurent Rossi [Alpine CEO], that’s the ambitions of Luca de Meo [Renault CEO] and Otmar Szafnauer [Alpine team boss] as nicely, in all of the bosses from the workforce, they share these ambitions, they usually wish to progress and get to the highest. And it’s not the identical in each workforce. And yeah, I’m absolutely on board with that undertaking.”
Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen lately took the lead within the drivers’ standings after Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc led for the primary 5 races of the yr. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, in the meantime, has been stunted in his bid for a record-breaking eighth world title and sits sixth within the desk.
Verstappen, Hamilton and Leclerc lead F1’s elite (Picture: Getty)
Ocon resides in ninth after ending among the many prime 10 in 5 of the six races to date this yr. A string of gutsy performances have seen the Normandy native end considerably larger than his beginning grid place, the mark of a driver with a knack to compete. His victory on the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix was one other glimpse of the potential he packs.
Now starring as Alpine’s main man amid Alonso’s struggles, the duty falls to Ocon to convey the producer onto the following degree. The Enstone-based model has proven religion by handing their driver a contract via to the tip of the 2024 season, however the strain is on Ocon to repay the gesture.