VIDEO: Mick Schumacher Plays Squash With His Latest F1 Buddy After Vettel

Published 09/17/2021, 4:53 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS??ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Esteban Ocon has been on a good run of form in Formula One lately. He has scored points in every race weekend since the British Grand Prix and even won the Hungarian Grand Prix last month after successfully fending off a charging Sebastian Vettel.

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And the Frenchman knows that the key to maintaining his skills is giving himself some time-off. So, during the break before traveling to Russia, Ocon decided to play some squash with Haas driver Mick Schumacher.

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The Alpine driver mentions the hardships he faced in his career

As reported by Guardian, the Frenchman did not have a comfortable upbringing as he came from a working-class family. Ocon credits his parents for sacrificing their lives for his career.

“They were the biggest supporters of my career, but that is too small of a word,” said Esteban.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“They sacrificed their own life and put it to one side for me to be able to chase my dream. They sacrificed everything they could for me to continue my racing career.” Mentioned the Alpine driver.

He mentioned how his father’s profession made him generate interest in cars.

“When I was going to school in the morning, I would see a car not working, being taken apart. Then I would come home and that car was suddenly coming alive. This is how I grew up, every day the same thing: my dad with dirty hands and there was magic where there was the smell of fuel and rubber. The magic of the car coming alive.” said the Frenchman.

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I didn’t have the right to fail: Esteban Ocon

Esteban mentioned how his performance on track would affect his family life. He also stated that failure was not an option for him and he had to succeed at all costs.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

” I was young, but I never really had time to be young or to live and grow up as a normal kid and I didn’t have the right to fail, I had to succeed. I felt the weight on my shoulders very early on, which made me grow up quicker at a young age,” said Ocon.

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Esteban achieved his dream to race in F1 when he made his debut in 2016. He has won 2 podiums in that and raced with teams such as Force India, Racing Point, Renault, and Alpine.

How do you rate Ocon’s career so far? Let us know.

 

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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