Esteban Ocon ‘Would Leave F1 Right Away’ if He Feared Fernando Alonso

Published 12/17/2020, 1:11 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Renault’s Esteban Ocon celebrates on the podium after finishing in second place Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Esteban Ocon stepped up in 2020 towards the last leg of the season. The Frenchman scored his debut podium in the Sakhir Grand Prix as he finished P2, matching the best result for Renault all season.

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Ocon demonstrated serious pace as he finished in the top 4 during Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2. However, he had a disappointing qualifying, starting P11 on the grid for the main race.

A podium finish for Ocon in the race was unexpected, and that probably makes it more special.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Renault’s Esteban Ocon during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

In Formula 1, a driver is in a consistent battle with his teammate. Both possess the same machine, therefore, are more comparable to each other than anyone else. In 2021, Ocon will team up with Fernando Alonso as Renault rebrands itself as Alpine.

Daniel Ricciardo, Ocon’s last teammate, out-qualified him 15-2 in 2020. However, the Frenchman has clarified that he has no intention of being overshadowed by his future teammate, who is a former world champion.

He said, “Fernando is a very talented driver, twice World Champion. It will be very difficult to beat him and I am aware of that. But I will push as hard as I can and he will do the same. I am not afraid of him. If I had any [fears] I would have to leave Formula 1 right away.”

Esteban Ocon reviews his 2020 season

The 2020 season for Renault was much better than 2019, as they doubled their points from 91 to 181 this season. Ocon did not have a seat for 2019, but made a comeback with Renault and scored his first career podium.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Renault’s Esteban Ocon celebrates on the podium after finishing the race in second place Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Meanwhile, Ocon clarified that the season was not easy for him and looked at certain challenges he had to face.

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“It was crucial to build a strong relationship with the team and get to know everyone, and transferring the trust to the car took longer than expected. Now I have it and it shows,” he pointed out.

He further added, “I also think having a year out didn’t help me. I had great pace at the end of 2018 and after being out you need some time to update. But I don’t use it as an excuse in terms of the standings.”

Esteban Ocon will go into next season with a great boost of confidence after his maiden podium finish. Admittedly, he will have some sort of battle with his teammate. However, he will also have the opportunity to learn immensely from Alonso.

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Ayush Manjunath

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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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