WATCH: Netflix Crew at Ocon’s House for Possible F1: Drive to Survive Appearance After Hungary Heroics

Published 08/21/2021, 2:47 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/David W Cerny TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The Netflix Docuseries, ‘Drive to Survive’, has opened a window into the lives of the Formula One drivers. Giving them some well-deserved screen-time, Netflix has also brought a growth in the fanbase. The most recent addition to the race winners’ list, Esteban Ocon welcomed the DTS cameras to his house, undeniably because of his race in Hungary.

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Ocon’s girlfriend, Elena Berri tagged Netflix on her story, featuring the Frenchman against the backdrop of his home. Twitter was quick to predict Ocon’s episode in the series; the fans are getting what they asked for.

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Following his debut in 2016, Ocon’s F1 career has been a series of highs and lows- some of which Netflix captured in 2018. After two quality seasons with Force India, they showed Ocon the door in 2018. Netflix brought a lot of popularity to the Frenchman, who credited the show for his Renault seat in 2020.

Esteban Ocon in previous seasons

Season 1 of the series focused on the 2018 season. Netflix even covered the downfall of Force India and its financial emancipation in Lawrence Stroll. With Stroll taking over the company, we see Perez and Ocon battling it out to keep their F1 seat. The pink-suited teammates didn’t get along, therefore, intensifying the competition.

In hindsight, the sixth episode of the season is worth a watch. Will Buxton foretells, “Esteban’s story is amazing. He’s come from nothing to having the potential to be not just a race winner but a championship contender.”

Ocon lost his seat to Lance Stroll for the 2019 season and watched the action as a Mercedes reserve driver.

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In 2020, the number 31 was back on the grid, only this time on the Enstone outfit. Cyril partnered Ocon with Daniel Ricciardo after Renault bid adieu to Nico Hulkenberg. The last time we saw Ocon in the series was when Toto and Cyril discussed his move to Renault in season three.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 19: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

The Frenchman has re-signed with Alpine, keeping his seat till 2024. Ocon shared his faith in the team, saying, I’m delighted to continue with the team beyond this year and it’s a fantastic feeling to secure my future with Alpine. We’ve been progressing well together since I joined the team and I aim to continue that journey going forward.”

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Looking back, Ocon has come a long way. From a time when P3 in qualifying was his best result, to sipping the victor’s champagne; Ocon only has the final part of Buxton’s prophecy to complete- becoming a champion contender.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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