“An Asset for us Beyond Formula 1”: Alpine CEO Explains Reason for Esteban Ocon’s New F1 Contract

Published 06/17/2021, 6:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


French driver Esteban Ocon has put pen to paper on a new deal with Alpine that will see him stay at the team until 2024. Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has backed Ocon with confidence, stating that he will bring the team much-needed results while also help in further developing the car.

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The 24-year-old driver joined the Enstone-based team back in 2020, replacing Nico Hulkenberg. The best result the Ocon has gotten for the French team was at the Sakhir GP last year where he placed second.

In the 2021 season, Ocon finds himself in twelfth place in the driver’s standings with 12 points, just a point behind his teammate Fernando Alonso. The Frenchman will look to beat his teammate, a two-time champion, and bag as many points as possible to get ahead in this year’s championship.

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Alpine CEO, Rossi feels Esteban Ocon is the right man for the team

As quoted by Sky Sports, the CEO Rossi said, “Since returning to the team in 2020, Esteban has gained confidence and stature to consistently deliver good results and help develop the car with the team.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

“We have full confidence in Esteban to bring the team and the brand to the next level and to achieve the long-term goals. Esteban is an asset for us beyond Formula 1, as he is deeply involved in the global alpine world project. Thanks to his personality and his values, he is a perfect ambassador,” Rossi concluded.

(Translated from German via Google)

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What Ocon say about his contract extension?

With the new deal, Ocon feels confident and believes he can achieve better results as he develops as a driver and hopes to have a bright future in the French team.

I am looking forward to continuing with the team beyond this year and it is a fantastic feeling to secure my future at Alpine.  Since I joined the team, we have made good progress together, and I would like to continue this journey in the future.”

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

The next race on the F1 calendar is the French GP, Ocon’s home race. Esteban will hope to treat his fans to a good result by aiming for a win, or at least a podium finish.

Just days from Le Castellet, can Ocon bring more joy to his French supporters?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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