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Alpine confirm Ocon split whilst Verstappen downplays expectations – RacingNews365 Review

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The Alpine Formula 1 team has confirmed it will part ways with Esteban Ocon at the end of the 2024 season.

Ocon joined the Enstone-based squad in 2020 when it ran under the Renault guise.

READ MORE: Breaking: Alpine confirm Ocon exit from F1 team

Famin speaks out after Ocon-Alpine exit confirmed

Alpine team principal Bruno Famin has thanked Esteban Ocon for his "commitment" since joining in 2019, adding the team will "continue to work tirelessly" together for the rest of the campaign.

It has been announced the the 27-year-old will leave the French squad at the end of the 2024 F1 season, with his next destination yet to be confirmed. He was out of contract at the end of the year, and his deal will not be renewed.

READ MORE: Famin speaks out after Ocon-Alpine exit confirmed

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Verstappen downplays Red Bull expectations for Canada

Max Verstappen has moved to downplay predictions of a Red Bull resurgence at the Canadian Grand Prix, off the back of the team's most difficult weekend since Singapore last year.

Having begun the current campaign by continuing its imperious form from 2023, the Milton Keynes squad has endured tougher times of late. 

READ MORE: Verstappen downplays Red Bull expectations for Canada

Leclerc opens up on impact of 'best mentor's' tragic passing

Charles Leclerc has revealed that a key impact of his father's tragic passing in 2017 was that he suddenly grew up "faster", with his father having been a "mentor" to him.

Leclerc's father sadly passed away following a long period of illness just four days before the Ferrari driver won the Formula 2 Baku feature race.

READ MORE: Leclerc opens up on impact of 'best mentor's' tragic passing

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Former Ferrari driver backs Vasseur to replicate Schumacher era success

Former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi believes Frederic Vasseur is the man to lead the Italian team back to the summit of F1.

The Scuderia has not won the drivers' championship since Kimi Raikkonen's sole title in 2007, and has not topped the constructors' standings since the year after - the season of Lewis Hamilton's first of seven drivers' crowns.

READ MORE: Former Ferrari driver backs Vasseur to replicate Schumacher era success

Why Perez staying at Red Bull is not key to paying Verstappen's salary

It was Ralf Schumacher who recently suggested that Red Bull retaining Sergio Perez was key to the team being able to afford Max Verstappen's extraordinary salary.

Schumacher was asked whether the F1 outfit would be wise to re-sign Perez, as it looks increasingly likely that a contract extension is imminent.

READ MORE: Why Perez staying at Red Bull is not key to paying Verstappen's salary

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