Esteban Ocon Fears “Last Five Races Will Be Particularly Difficult” in 2021 F1 Season

Published 03/11/2021, 8:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy -Renault’s Esteban Ocon during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


This F1 season is going to be the longest in the sport’s history. With a 23 race calendar, the teams and drivers are going to have a really long season. Many are concerned about the effects of such a long season, and Alpine F1 driver, Esteban Ocon, is one of them.

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The Frenchman believes that it will be a challenge for everyone. The teams and the staff will have to save their energies for the marathon season. It is expected that some teams may opt to rotate their staff. However, some members might have to stick with the team for all 23 races.

“There are 23 races this season, so you need to take care and save energy. This is something that applies not only to the drivers, but to the whole team.

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 07: Esteban Ocon of France and Mercedes GP looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 07, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“Probably the last five races will be particularly difficult, because we will have spent a lot of energy already and the hard work will continue. Of course, it’s also very important to pay attention to every team member,” said Ocon.

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Esteban Ocon wants to start the season the best way possible

Ocon claimed his debut win with Renault last season. He finished P2 on the podium and will hope to take the momentum to the new season as well. In the interview, he also explained his approach to the 2021 season.

“I want to start the season in the best possible way. At the end of last year, I performed better compared to the start of the championship.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN: Esteban Ocon of France and Renault Sport F1 looks on from the garage during Day Two of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“But now I want to be strong and learn about areas where I will continue to improve throughout the season. I’m not setting specific goals for myself, but it’s important to have a good first race,” he said.

The grid is going to be highly competitive, but Ocon will also have the experience of Fernando Alonso by his side. Together, they hope to start their new team’s journey on a high note.

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Do you believe that Ocon and Alpine F1 will find their way through the season to make it a successful campaign?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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