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Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon

French racing driver
Esteban Ocon
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro French racing driver
Is Racecar driver
From France
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 17 September 1996, Évreux, Eure, Normandy, France
Age 25 years
Star sign Virgo
Stats
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Sports Teams
Alpine F1 Team
Esteban Ocon
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Esteban José Jean-Pierre Ocon-Khelfane (born 17 September 1996) is a French racing driver who competes for Alpine in Formula One. He made his Formula One debut for Manor Racing in the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Rio Haryanto. Ocon was a part of the Mercedes driver development programme until his move to Renault. He took his maiden Formula One victory at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Early life

Esteban Ocon was born in Évreux, Normandy to Sabrine Khelfane and Laurent Ocon, a mechanic who owns a garage in Évreux. He is of Algerian and Spanish descent and his paternal family is originally from Málaga. While competing in karting, his parents had to sell their family home, which included his father's garage, to fund his karting career. After selling the house, they lived and travelled to races in a caravan which Ocon also used as a motor home.

Early career

2006–2011: Karting

Ocon entered karting in 2006, when he finished eighth in the French Minime Championship, subsequently winning the championship in the following year. His success continued in 2008, as he won the French Cadet Championship. On the back of that victory, Ocon began the first of his three seasons in the KF3 kart category. He would ultimately win the French KF3 title and finish as runner-up in the WSK Euro Series in 2011, his final season before stepping up to cars.

At the age of 14, Ocon was signed by Gravity Sports management, a sister company of Renault F1 team.

2012–2014: Formula Renault

In 2012, Ocon made his debut in single-seaters, taking part in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Koiranen Motorsport. He finished fourteenth with four point-scoring finishes, including being on the podium at his home round at Le Castellet. He also contested a partial campaign in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps with Koiranen, finishing seventh with two podiums, both of which came at the Red Bull Ring.

For 2013, he decided to switch to the ART Junior Team. He took three podiums, as well as his first victory at Le Castellet, and finished the season in third.

Ocon joined the World Series in Renault's 3.5 category for Comtec Racing at the Hungaroring and Le Castellet, scoring two points in his first race.

2014–2015: Formula Three, GP3 and DTM

Esteban Ocon in F3 – Hockenheimring 2014

Ocon made his Formula Three debut at the Macau Grand Prix, racing for Prema Powerteam. In 2014 he expanded his collaboration with Prema into the FIA European Formula Three Championship. He was on top of the standings since the first round at Silverstone and won the championship with a round to spare.

On 11 March 2015, it was announced that Ocon would move to FIA Formula 3 European Championship rival GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix. He claimed the championship despite only scoring one victory (two other victories were denied due to penalties) and pressure from Luca Ghiotto.

Ocon drove for Mercedes-Benz in the first 10 races of the 2016 DTM season, alongside his reserve driver role at Renault Sport F1. He was subsequently replaced by Felix Rosenqvist, following his promotion to Manor.

Formula One career

Ocon's first experience of a Formula One car was on 22 October 2014, driving the Lotus E20 as part of a two-day test for Lotus F1. A month later, he made his Grand Prix weekend debut for Lotus during the first practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In May 2015, Ocon was called up by Force India to drive at the post-race test in Barcelona, after Pascal Wehrlein was forced to withdraw due to illness. Prior to him claiming the GP3 title, it was announced that Ocon would enter the Mercedes Junior Team. In February 2016, it was announced that Ocon would also act as reserve driver for the Renault Sport F1 team for the 2016 season. He took part in Friday practice sessions at four Grands Prix for the team.

Manor (2016)

Ocon driving for Manor at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 10 August 2016, Rio Haryanto was dropped from the backmarker Manor Racing team after his sponsors had failed to meet their contractual obligations. Ocon was named as his replacement for the second half of the season, driving alongside Pascal Wehrlein. Ocon made his Formula One debut at the Belgian Grand Prix, finishing 16th. He earned his best result of 12th in the rain-affected Brazilian Grand Prix, dropping out of the points positions on the final lap.

Force India (2017–2018)

2017

Ocon driving for Force India at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix

On 10 November 2016, Force India announced that they had signed Ocon for the 2017 season as part of his multi-year contract with Mercedes, with Sergio Pérez as his new teammate. Ocon scored his first Formula One point in his first race for Force India at the Australian Grand Prix. He finished 10th in the first three races of the season. He then finished seventh at the Russian Grand Prix and continued the points streak with fifth place at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Following a 12th place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, Ocon recorded twelve consecutive points finishes but was often involved in incidents with teammate Pérez. At the Canadian Grand Prix, Pérez ignored requests from the team to let Ocon past to challenge Daniel Ricciardo for third place, and Pérez and Ocon eventually finished fifth and sixth respectively. The two drivers collided at the following Azerbaijan Grand Prix, forcing Pérez into retirement and giving Ocon a puncture. Ocon eventually recovered to finish sixth. They made contact again at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Ocon was squeezed towards a wall leading up to the Eau Rouge complex. The collision ended Pérez's race and Ocon went on to finish ninth. Ocon later remarked that he was "furious" with Pérez and that he "risked [their] lives". Force India team owner Vijay Mallya stated that the repeated incidents were "very concerning" and that he would enforce team orders thereon.

Ocon started the Italian Grand Prix in third place after the Red Bull drivers faced penalties, the highest grid position of his career. He went on to finish the race sixth. He spent much of the Mexican Grand Prix in third place and eventually finished fifth. His streak of finishing 27 consecutive races ended at the Brazilian Grand Prix, where he collided with Romain Grosjean on the first lap. He finished his first full season in Formula One eighth in the drivers' championship, having scored 87 points.

2018

Ocon at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix

Ocon continued alongside Pérez at Force India in 2018. Ocon's first points of the season came with a 10th-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix. At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he was involved in a first-lap collision with Kimi Räikkönen that ended his race. Teammate Pérez would go on to claim a podium finish. Ocon retired with an oil leak at the next race, the Spanish Grand Prix. He recorded sixth and ninth-place finishes at the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix respectively, but then retired from the French Grand Prix after a first-lap collision. Three more points finishes followed before the summer break.

After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Force India was in severe financial trouble and faced liquidation by HM Revenue and Customs. A group of creditors including teammate Pérez took legal action against the team and put it into administration, saving the team from collapse and the jobs of its employees. The assets of the team were purchased by a consortium of investors led by Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, father of Williams driver Lance Stroll. The new owners confirmed that Ocon and Pérez would remain with the team for the rest of the season. It was later revealed that Ocon had an "informal agreement" to join Renault for 2019 before the team unexpectedly signed Daniel Ricciardo, leaving Ocon's future in doubt.

At Racing Point Force India's first race, the Belgian Grand Prix, Ocon achieved the joint-highest starting position of his career with third and went on to finish sixth. Ocon and Pérez collided on the first lap of the Singapore Grand Prix, causing Ocon to crash into a wall and end his race. The team described the collision as "unacceptable" and banned the drivers from racing each other. Pérez later apologised for his role in the accident. Two ninth places followed, before Ocon was disqualified from eighth place at the United States Grand Prix after his car was found to have exceeded fuel flow limits. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ocon collided with race leader Max Verstappen whilst attempting to un-lap himself, damaging both cars. Both drivers were able to continue racing and Ocon received a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for the incident. They argued just after the race (in which Verstappen finished second) and pushed each other several times. Both drivers were summoned by the FIA and Verstappen was ordered to undertake two days of public service "at the discretion of the FIA" for making deliberate physical contact with Ocon. Ocon retired from the next and final race of the season. He finished 12th in the drivers' championship with 49 points.

Mercedes reserve driver (2019)

On 23 November 2018, it was announced that Ocon would join Mercedes as their reserve driver for 2019 after it became clear that he would be replaced at Racing Point by Lance Stroll—an outcome that was confirmed a week later. Ocon did not take part in a Grand Prix weekend during the year. He claimed to have been in discussions with Mercedes for the 2020 season, remarking that he was "very close" to replacing Valtteri Bottas at the team. Mercedes ultimately decided to continue with Bottas.

Renault (2020)

Ocon in 2020, during pre-season testing

Ocon joined Renault for 2020, signing a two-year contract and marking his return to Formula One as a full-time driver. He replaced Nico Hülkenberg and partnered with Daniel Ricciardo. Ocon qualified 14th on his Renault debut at the Austrian Grand Prix and finished eighth out of eleven finishers. He qualified fifth for the Styrian Grand Prix and was running in seventh place when he retired with a cooling issue. Ocon finished sixth at the British Grand Prix, having gained positions in the closing laps when cars ahead suffered tyre failures. At the following weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, he was issued a grid penalty after impeding George Russell in qualifying and started 14th, but improved to finish eighth in the race. His best race finish since 2017 came at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he qualified sixth and finished fifth behind teammate Ricciardo.

Ocon's brakes caught fire during a safety car period at the Tuscan Grand Prix. The team was unable to repair the damage during the red flag period which occurred soon after, and Ocon failed to make the restart. A seventh-place finish followed in Russian Grand Prix, followed by retirement at the Eifel Grand Prix with a hydraulics problem. A long stint on medium-compound tyres at the Portuguese Grand Prix produced an eighth-place finish, but a driveshaft failure ended his race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, his third retirement in five races. He qualified seventh for the Turkish Grand Prix and made his way into third place by the first corner where he and Ricciardo collided, sending Ocon into a spin. He was relegated to the back on the same lap when he was again spun around by Valtteri Bottas. Ocon went on to finish outside the points in 11th place.

He started 11th at the Sakhir Grand Prix. He had improved to fifth place by lap 54 of 87, assisted by collisions on the opening lap and drivers making second pit stops. A virtual safety car (VSC) period followed, which third-placed Carlos Sainz Jr. and fourth-placed Ricciardo attempted to take advantage of by entering the pits. However, the VSC period ended whilst they were in the pit lane, nullifying their advantage and promoting Ocon to third place. He was soon overtaken by Sergio Pérez, however pit stop issues for the leading Mercedes cars allowed Ocon to claim his first Formula One podium by finishing second, Renault's best race result since 2010. He ended the season 12th in the drivers' championship with 62 points.

Alpine (2021 onwards)

Ocon at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

Renault rebranded as Alpine F1 Team for the 2021 season. The team signed two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to partner Ocon after Daniel Ricciardo left for McLaren. In the team's first race as Alpine, the Bahrain Grand Prix, Ocon was rear-ended by Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin. Ocon finished the race 13th and Vettel later apologised for the incident. Ocon qualified ninth for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and was classified ninth in the race ahead of Alonso in tenth, earning the team their first points under the Alpine name. This began a run of points finishes; Ocon qualified sixth and finished seventh at the Portuguese Grand Prix before recording two ninth-place finishes at the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. His first retirement of the season came at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a turbocharger failure.

He encountered issues at the following races – he struggled with tyre wear and finished 14th at the French Grand Prix, qualified 17th for both the Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix and retired from the latter after a first-lap collision with Antonio Giovinazzi.

Ocon started eighth at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Multiple collisions ahead saw him promoted to second place at the first corner, which became first place when race leader Lewis Hamilton pitted for dry-weather tyres one lap later than the rest of the field. Ocon held on to the lead for the remainder of the race, fending off Sebastian Vettel to take his and Alpine's maiden Formula One victory.

Ocon has signed a contract with Alpine to remain with the team until the end of the 2024 season.

Racing record

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Koiranen Motorsport 14 0 0 0 1 31 14th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 9 0 0 1 2 69 7th
2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 ART Junior Team 14 2 1 1 5 159 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 8 1 0 1 3 122 12th
Macau Grand Prix Prema Powerteam 2 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 33 9 15 7 21 478 1st
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Comtec Racing 3 0 0 0 0 2 23rd
Macau Grand Prix Theodore Racing by Prema 2 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2015 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 18 1 3 5 14 253 1st
2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mercedes-Benz DTM Team ART 10 0 0 0 0 2 26th
Formula One Manor Racing MRT 9 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2017 Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team 20 0 0 0 0 87 8th
2018 Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team 12 0 0 0 0 49 12th
Racing Point Force India F1 Team 9 0 0 0 0
2019 Formula One Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Reserve driver
2020 Formula One Renault DP World F1 Team 17 0 0 0 1 62 12th
2021 Formula One Alpine F1 Team 18 1 0 0 1 46* 11th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Macau Grand Prix results

Year Team Car Qualifying Quali Race Main race
2013 Prema Powerteam Dallara F312 15th 10th 10th
2014 Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara F312 2nd 4th DNF

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2014 Prema Powerteam SIL1
2
SIL2
1
SIL3
3
HOC1
9
HOC2
1
HOC3
2
PAU1
1
PAU2
2
PAU3
2
HUN1
2
HUN2
1
HUN3
1
SPA1
Ret
SPA2
2
SPA3
2
NOR1
2
NOR2
14
NOR3
2
MSC1
1
MSC2
1
MSC3
1
RBR1
13
RBR2
Ret
RBR3
13
NÜR1
6
NÜR2
3
NÜR3
Ret
IMO1
1
IMO2
4
IMO3
3
HOC1
7
HOC2
4
HOC3
7
1st 478

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2014 Comtec Racing MNZ1 MNZ2 ALC1 ALC2 MON1 SPA1 SPA2 MSC1 MSC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 HUN1
9
HUN2
DNS
LEC1
14
LEC2
12
JER1 JER2 23rd 2

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2015 ART Grand Prix CATFEA
1
CATSPR
7
RBRFEA
3
RBRSPR
DSQ
SILFEA
6
SILSPR
2
HUNFEA
2
HUNSPR
2
SPAFEA
2
SPASPR
2
MNZFEA
2
MNZSPR
2
SOCFEA
2
SOCSPR
2
BHRFEA
3
BHRSPR
2
YMCFEA
4
YMCSPR
3
1st 253

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2016 Mercedes-Benz DTM Team ART Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM HOC1
Ret
HOC2
Ret
SPL1
20
SPL2
18
LAU1
23
LAU2
15
NOR1
Ret
NOR2
13
ZAN1
9
ZAN2
18
MSC1 MSC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 HUN1 HUN2 HOC1 HOC2 26th 2

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 WDC Points
2014 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E22 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU
TD
 –  –
2016 Renault Sport F1 Team Renault R.S.16 Renault R.E.16 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR CHN RUS ESP
TD
MON CAN EUR AUT GBR
TD
HUN
TD
GER
TD
23rd 0
Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid 1.6 V6 t BEL
16
ITA
18
SIN
18
MAL
16
JPN
21
USA
18
MEX
21
BRA
12
ABU
13
2017 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM10 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
10
CHN
10
BHR
10
RUS
7
ESP
5
MON
12
CAN
6
AZE
6
AUT
8
GBR
8
HUN
9
BEL
9
ITA
6
SIN
10
MAL
10
JPN
6
USA
6
MEX
5
BRA
Ret
ABU
8
8th 87
2018 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
12
BHR
10
CHN
11
AZE
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
6
CAN
9
FRA
Ret
AUT
6
GBR
7
GER
8
HUN
13
12th 49
Racing Point Force India F1 Team BEL
6
ITA
6
SIN
Ret
RUS
9
JPN
9
USA
DSQ
MEX
11
BRA
14
ABU
Ret
2020 Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6 V6 t AUT
8
STY
Ret
HUN
14
GBR
6
70A
8
ESP
13
BEL
5
ITA
8
TUS
Ret
RUS
7
EIF
Ret
POR
8
EMI
Ret
TUR
11
BHR
9
SKH
2
ABU
9
12th 62
2021 Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6 t BHR
13
EMI
9
POR
7
ESP
9
MON
9
AZE
Ret
FRA
14
STY
14
AUT
Ret
GBR
9
HUN
1
BEL
7
NED
9
ITA
10
RUS
14
TUR
10
USA
Ret
MXC
13
SAP
QAT
SAU
ABU
11th* 46*

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.
* Season still in progress.

Formula One records

Ocon holds the following Formula One record:

Record Achieved
Most consecutive finishes from start of career 27 Grands Prix 2016 Belgian Grand Prix – 2017 Mexican Grand Prix
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