Ocon Celebrates His Birthday Together With Schumacher in a Further Proof of Their Blossoming Friendship

Published 09/19/2021, 6:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Esteban Ocon, who secured his maiden Formula 1 victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, turned 25 yesterday, and the Frenchman celebrated his birthday in style.

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Haas’ Mick Schumacher and Lance Stroll, who recently renewed his contract with Aston Martin, joined Ocon for his birthday celebration ahead of the Russian Grand Prix.

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I get on quite well with Esteban: Mick Schumacher

It is quite evident that one person Mick Schumacher is very close to on the grid is his fellow compatriot and the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel. However, earlier this year Schumacher Jr. also revealed that he gets along pretty well with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, who also lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021. Haas’ Mick Schumacher in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

As quoted by Auto Motor Und Sport, the 22-year-old said, “Unfortunately, that’s not easy under Covid restrictions. There are a lot of rules you have to follow. But I get on quite well with Esteban, who also lives in Geneva. I have a good relationship with most of the drivers.” (Quotes translated via Google)

Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll are still good friends

Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll are still great friends despite the latter’s move to Force India (now known as Aston Martin) in 2019, which left the Frenchman without a seat in the pinnacle of motor racing.

Lawrence Stroll’s accusation of Force India in August 2018 was followed by his son’s move from Williams to Force India, who replaced Esteban Ocon to team up with Sergio Perez.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second-placed Renault’s Esteban Ocon and third-placed Lance Stroll Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Despite that, the duo shares a cordial relationship and have known each other since their go-karting days. After the confirmation of Stroll’s move to Force India, Ocon shared a message on his Instagram account.

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“We can come from a different background, but inside we have the same passion, spirit of competition, and the same love for the sport,” wrote Esteban Ocon.

“So guys, please be respectful and show your support. Nothing is easy in life. And we all work hard to be here!”

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Can Esteban Ocon give himself another treat after winning the Russian Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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