Esteban Ocon Labeled Untrustworthy by Former F1 Champion

Published 03/25/2021, 9:10 AM EDT
Esteban Ocon of France and Mercedes GP looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)


In the world of F1, a driver’s teammate plays an important part in their campaign. Even though teammates are each other’s most direct competition, it is vital that the two drivers trust each other and have a good relationship for the smooth functioning of the team. According to former world champion Mika Hakkinen, that won’t be the case for Alpine this year, as he thinks Esteban Ocon is untrustworthy, and he isn’t fully sure of the French driver.

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Ocon is set to drive for Alpine in the team’s debut season under their new identity. He will partner two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who is making his comeback to F1 after a two-year break.

The French team scored 181 points and bagged three podiums, which saw them finish fifth in the constructor’s standings. However, having two talented drivers, one of them being Alonso who won the championship twice with them in the past, does give Alpine hope to do better.

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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)

Mika Hakkinen isn’t a fan of  Esteban Ocon

While speaking to UniBetFinland, Hakkinen commented,” I would like to say something positive, but I don’t know Ocon that well. But from the outside based on the comments and interviews. He’s not necessarily, the kind of teammate I would want, you need to trust your teammate.”

Hakkinen added, “You talk and share things, you need to trust your teammate. I wouldn’t necessarily trust Ocon. That’s a harsh thing to say but it is what is. My opinion might be rude but I personally don’t know him. But you can draw by listening to people’s interviews, answers, and conversations.

“How they talk about the subject, what their ulterior motives are, you can make some conclusions. Fernando is a real matador, he will approach the season in a way that Ocon will overshadow.

“I don’t think Ocon has any chance, he has experience and speed but Fernando won’t give any chances.”

Ocon wants to feel that podium feeling once again in 2021

The 24-year-old came second at Sakhir Grand Prix last season; he has stated that the team’s progress has been good and he hopes to get on the podium once again in 2021.

He said,” The changes with the technical team, so I have my engineers on the phone throughout the winter and the mechanics, and what I see is very encouraging.I think we are in good shape.

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“The car is an evolution of 2020, which is positive for us. The team is expected to get into Q3. We had good rhythm, plus I got that podium feeling, which I loved obviously, and I’m very keen to get that back.” Ocon concluded.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Alonso is a two-time-world champion returning to the grid for the upcoming championship. Will Ocon be able to keep up with the pressure from the Spaniard in the 2021 season of F1? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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