Eddie Jordan Delivers His Verdict on Ocon’s Level Compared to Hamilton & Verstappen

Published 08/24/2021, 8:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Esteban Ocon is regarded as a highly underrated driver. However, at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break, the French driver brought home his first-ever F1 victory. Former Team Principal Eddie Jordan talks about how impressed he was with Ocon during his days at Force India.

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However, Jordan still feels that Ocon still has a long way to go before he competes against the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for world titles.

Jordan still feels Esteban Ocon still needs time before he can battle Hamilton

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Many drivers on the grid aspire to be on the same level as Hamilton and Verstappen and to compete for world championships. Even though, Ocon beat the Mercedes driver around the Hungaroring last race weekend, the ex-team boss of Jordan F1 feels that the 24-year-old still has a long journey ahead.

Speaking on an episode of the podcast, F1 Nation with TC, Pinks & Damon, He said, “Personally, when I was involved with Malia, I was a big fan of Ocon, and we saw how professional I think he drove at the last race, cause he did a remarkable, there was a lot of pressure sure. He got help from Alonso on various other things under the circumstances.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

“However, is he on that style? No, I don’t think so, not yet. There is very few that actually can come up to Max and Lewis‘s standards,” he concluded.

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Can Ocon repeat a win at Spa?

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Ocon entered the summer break on a high, as he won the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hence, he would be motivated to do the same at the upcoming race at Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/David W Cerny TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

He is well aware that Hamilton would aim to bounce back and grab a win for Mercedes. But the 24-year-old will aim to keep the 7-time world champion in his rear-view mirrors when the lights go out on Sunday afternoon.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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