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“Keep Her Safe”: Esteban Ocon With a Special Passenger Onboard Leaves on a Road Trip to Send F1 Fans Into a Frenzy

Published 05/30/2023, 1:30 PM EDT

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Do you recall how Daniel Ricciardo dropped his P3 trophy from the 2015 Hungarian GP? The Australian was still grinning after dropping it. Esteban Ocon, whose only win came in Hungary, could never imagine that happening to the special passenger that tagged along with him during his most recent road trip. As Ocon treats his passenger princess with the utmost care, F1 fans are sent into a frenzy. Let’s see who this passenger princess is.

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Esteban Ocon produced a wonderful weekend for Alpine in Monaco after securing P3 in the qualifying and then converting it into a podium. The team made the right calls for Ocon with the ever-changing weather conditions. The podium was a much-needed good result for the team after the bashing from Laurent Rossi. And yes, the team did celebrate it like it was a win. 


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Esteban Ocon was ecstatic about the podium and that could be heard in his radio calls and the post-race interview where Ocon said “Estie Bestie on the podium baby”. Monaco being the crown jewel of F1 always has a special place in driver’s hearts and a podium here means a lot. The podium also meant a lot as it came over a year after the Frenchman last stood on the top step of the podium in the 2021 Hungarian GP. 

Esteban Ocon recently posted a Tweet where it can be noticed that his happiness cannot be contained. The Frenchman posted photos from his road trip from Monaco to Spain as he travels for the next race in Barcelona. In one of the pictures, the P3 trophy is seen being treated like a passenger, strapped with the seatbelt onto the seat. It only goes on to show how much it means to Ocon. The caption for the Tweet is “roadtrippp 🇲🇨🇪🇸”

The fans were sent into a frenzy by Esteban Ocon’s post as they melted after learning how much the podium meant to him. Let’s see what the fans had to say about it. 

Fans react to Esteban Ocon treating his P3 trophy like a passenger princess

Fans took to Twitter to express their love for Ocon and the way he is treating the trophy. Many congratulated him on the podium suggesting he is traveling with the most important passenger. Others asked to keep the trophy safe advising that the trophy has a better life than them. Let’s see how the fans reacted on Twitter:

Some commented on Estie and his besties as Ocon was traveling with his friends. Others questioned if he really drove from Monaco all the way to Catalunya.


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Some suggested that Esteban Ocon forgot his last podium trophy i.e. the win in Hungary 2021 as soon as he got the podium in Monaco.


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Pranay Bhagi


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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports, who has always been passionate about sports and writing. With a degree from a prestigious institute, he has channeled his enthusiasm into sports journalism, particularly F1, a sport that has captivated him for over a decade. Pranay's deep-rooted love for the sport began during the Sebastian Vettel era, and he has been following it religiously ever since.
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