Alpine have introduced Esteban Ocon has signed to the group by means of 2024, forward of his dwelling race on the French Grand Prix.
Ocon joined the group in 2020, returning after a 12 months away from F1. He was out-scored by group mate Daniel Ricciardo however recorded the then-Renault-badged group’s finest results of the 12 months with a second-place end on the Sakhir Grand Prix, Ocon’s first F1 podium.
This season, retirements have price him factors on the Bahrain and Azerbaijan Grand Prix however Ocon has in any other case completed forward of group mate Fernando Alonso, himself returning to F1 this 12 months, in each race.
Saying the brand new, long-term contract, Alpine CEO Lauren Rossi mentioned “We’re very proud to retain Esteban as a part of the Alpine household. Since returning to the group in 2020, Esteban has grown in confidence and stature to ship constantly good outcomes and assist develop the automotive with the group.
“Regardless of his younger age, he’s very skilled in System 1 and he’s on a optimistic trajectory in each his maturity and talent behind the wheel. He’s a powerful asset for us now, and likewise going ahead as we meet the problem of the brand new laws. We’ve got each confidence in Esteban to assist drive the group and the model to the following degree and meet its long-term goals.”
Ocon made his F1 debut halfway by means of the 2016 season, transferring from a reserve position with the Renault group to drive for Manor, earlier than driving the 2 subsequent seasons for Drive India. When that group grew to become Racing Level, Ocon discovered himself in a Mercedes reserve position earlier than returning to racing with Renault final season.
He mentioned he was happy to agree a long-term contract. “I’m delighted to proceed with the group past this 12 months and it’s a unbelievable feeling to safe my future with Alpine.
“We’ve been progressing nicely collectively since I joined the group and I intention to proceed that journey going ahead. There are nice challenges forward of us, particularly with the brand new laws in 2022. I’m positive we are able to hit our targets by working onerous collectively and persevering with the story.
“I usually suppose again to the Sakhir Grand Prix final 12 months with the rostrum, and it motivates me to create extra particular reminiscences like that. I’m actually trying ahead to the following chapter.”
Ocon is the fourth youthful F1 driver to commit long-term to his group, after Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris all agreed to an prolonged future with their present groups.
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