‘That’s Very Good News’: Esteban Ocon Ready to Tackle Alpine F1 Challenge in 2021

Published 01/29/2021, 4:07 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12: Esteban Ocon of France and Renault Sport F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 12, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Esteban Ocon, of Alpine Racing, feels confident ahead of the upcoming 2021 season. The team has undergone sweeping changes as it has been rebranded from Renault Racing. Team principal, Cyril Abiteboul, stepped down and made way for Laurent Rossi.

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Ocon will also have a new teammate with two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso replacing the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo. 

SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 11: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Esteban Ocon of France and Mercedes GP talk in the Paddock after practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 11, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ocon, in an interview with Lawrence Barretto of formula1.com, revealed that he felt better prepared for the upcoming 2021 season. This is on the back of a mixed season where he earned a podium, but endured a slew of retirements. 

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He said, “The team know what I need, I know what I need, and what I need to ask the team to help me. When you have the second year with the same people, it is supposed to be a lot easier, like I had with Force India the second year.

“I’m really looking forward to this year. I want to start on that level, the level we ended the year with, straight away and progress from there.

Esteban Ocon wants to feel more confident right away

The French driver felt that he didn’t start the 2020 season well, as he was coming off the back of a forced sabbatical of sorts. Ocon lost his seat at formerly named Racing Point to Lance Stroll. He spent the 2019 season as a simulation driver and the backup driver for the Mercedes AMG team.

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Ocon felt that his off-season training was on point, which resulted in him feeling fresh at the team’s winter sessions. He said, “Straight away I want to feel more confident, more ready and quicker than where I started, There is still a long time to prepare but I feel good, I feel fit and ready, that’s very good news, and looking forward to starting properly now.”

Alpine Racing saw new CEO, Laurent Rossi, take over in the offseason. They also appointed Davide Brivio in a newly created role as Racing Director. Esteban Ocon expressed sadness at seeing his former boss leave. He said that the departing Frenchman was a constant support to him during tough times and the team will miss him.

Ocon said that the vision of the new boss enthused him, and he sees the team reaching new heights this season. Furthermore, the Frenchman believed that the team could build on its fifth-place position in the Constructor’s Championship.

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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