Another Formula 1 driver solved the question of his future very early this season. After Lando Norris, who extended his collaboration with McLaren, Esteban Ocon signed a long-term contract with Alpine… Esteban Ocon became a member of the French team at the beginning of last season, while it was still called Renault.
The start was not very fabulous, but as the season progressed, the 24-year-old Frenchman was getting better and better, so he registered his first place on the podium in Bahrain. In 2021, the team changed its name and image, and in the Alpine car Esteban did quite well and won points in four of the six races held so far.
There were no top places in the Top 6, but Ocon scored 12 points, just one less than teammate Fernando Alonso. Obviously very pleased with his performances, Alpine's management wanted to sign a contract with Ocon to a long-term, three-year contract, and officially confirmed the news just before the domestic race, for both Alpine and Ocon - the French Grand Prix.
In the ranks of the French team, they believe that the signing of this contract reflects Alpine's faith in the French driver, whom they see as one of the main stars of the sport.
Alpine about extending a contract
“We are very proud to keep Esteban as a member of the Alpine family.
Since returning to the team in 2020, Esteban's self-confidence has grown and he has become a driver who continuously ensures good results and helps to develop our team's car. ” "Although he is young, he is very experienced in Formula 1 and has an upward trajectory in terms of maturation, but also the ability to drive" "Its value is great to us now, but also for the future in which the challenge of meeting the new rules awaits us.
We have full confidence that Esteban will help the team and to take our brand to the next level and meet all long-term goals, ”said Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi. By the way, Ocon’s collaboration with the Enstone team began back in 2010 when he was a junior Lotus driver.
He made his Formula 1 debut in 2016 for the Manor team, and during 2017 and 2018 he was the driver of Force India. In terms of overall standings, his best season was the first with Force India, when he finished eighth among drivers, scoring points in 18 of the 20 races held.
“I am thrilled to continue with this team after this year and it is a fantastic feeling to secure a future with Alpine. We have progressed together since I joined the team and I aim to continue that journey in the future. ”