Esteban Ocon Credits Old Engineering Duo Whom He ‘Wanted for a Long Time’ for Alpine F1 Form

Published 06/01/2021, 6:22 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


Esteban Ocon is having a splendid start to the new season. He has already outperformed his two-time champion-winning teammate, Fernando Alonso, in the last four race weekends. The Frenchman believes that the positive impact he has this season is because of the excellent relationship with race and performance engineers.

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Esteban Ocon reunited with Peckett and Barlow

Discussing such an improvement this season, Ocon credited his relationship with race engineer Josh Peckett and performance engineer Stuart Barlow. Both the engineer previously worked with Ocon at Manor, where he made his debut five years ago.

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“I also have Stuart Barlow as my performance [engineer]. and they’ve been basically forming that duo back in the Manor days as well. We were working kind of together. They were on Pascal Wehrlein’s side back in the day, but they are complementing each other.” he told Motorsports.com.

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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.

“We are making an excellent team altogether, which is motivated, young, and hungry for the same aim as we have, which is performing, extracting, and doing the best we can with what we have in hands.

“I am very pleased of what we are building at the moment because this is what I wanted for a long time.” said the 24-year-old French driver.

Ocon and his teammates

So far this season, Ocon had managed to keep the two-time world champion Alonso behind him in the driver standings. The French man has picked up points in four of the first five races of the year, leading Alpine’s charge by outscoring the Spaniard 12-5.

Ocon believes that he started to find his feet towards the end of last year, and that’s when he believes his luck started to shine. While he considerably struggled last season with his former teammate Daniel Ricciardo, he made a late breakthrough by achieving his first podium at Sakhir Grand Prix.

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“We started to get that into the last events last year. And I out-qualified Daniel in Abu Dhabi, also. So it started to come on the right way towards the end of the year with the podium,” concluded Ocon.

So, with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix coming up next, do you think Ocon will outperform his teammate once again? Or will the world champion from Spain show his old form?

Let us know in the comments!

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