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Start United States GP
To drivers

Esteban Ocon

Alpine F1
Nationality fra French
Birthplace Évreux
Date of birth 17/09/1996 (25 yr.)
F1 debute 2016, Belgium

F1 season 2021

WC Position 11
Races 16
WC points 46.0
Victories 1
Podiums 1
Pole positions 0

F1 career

World titles 0
WC points 306
Races 50
Victories 1
Podium places 2
Pole positions 0

After a tricky 2020, Esteban Ocon will look forward to 2021 with renewed optimism after finishing last season on a high. The Frenchman was outperformed by Daniel Ricciardo but will hope the experience stands him in good stead as he prepares to square-off against the returning Fernando Alonso.

Personal information

Name Esteban Jose Jean-Pierre Ocon-Khelfane
Team Alpine
Date of Birth September 17, 1996
Place of Birth Evreux, France
Age 24
Height 1.86m (6' 1")
Weight 66kg
Nationality French
Race Number 31

Biography of F1 driver Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon has never shied away from a challenge since making his F1 debut with Manor back in 2016.

Even when he was a promising karter, his family sold their house and put their jobs on hold to help his career. They even lived in a caravan and travelled from circuit to circuit.

That perseverance is reflected in Ocon's F1 career, as the Frenchman has battled to keep his place on the grid. Here is everything you need to know about Esteban Ocon.

Ocon's early career

Ocon began karting in 2006, finishing eighth in the French Minime Championship and then winning the series the following year. Success continued after taking the French Cadet Championship in 2008, along with the French KF3 title in 2011 - his final season before making the step up to cars.

The Frenchman made his single-seater debut in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2012, finishing third the following season. Ocon took the FIA European Formula Three Championship for Prema in 2014, and then the GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix the following year.

Along with being a reserve driver for Renault in 2016, Ocon also took part in the first 10 races of the 2016 DTM season for Mercedes-Benz. He was eventually replaced by Felix Rosenqvist after joining Manor.

Start of F1 career with Mercedes and Manor

Ocon's first experience with an F1 car came in October 2014, taking part in a two-day test for Lotus. His performance resulted in the team giving him a Grand Prix weekend debut during the first practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a month later.

Prior to winning the GP3 title it was announced that Ocon had joined the Mercedes Junior Team, while in February 2016 he became the reserve driver for Renault.

After taking part in four Friday practice sessions for the team, Ocon joined Manor Racing in August after the team dropped Rio Haryanto due to his sponsors failing to meet their contractual obligations. The Frenchman drove alongside Pascal Wehrlein for the remainder of the season, making his debut at the Belgian Grand Prix and finishing 16th. His best result came in Brazil, when he finished 12th after falling out of the points on the final lap.

Move to Force India

Ocon signed for Force India in November 2016, partnering Sergio Perez for the 2017 F1 season. It didn't take long for the Frenchman to score his first points for the team, finishing 10th in Australia. He added another two 10th place finishes at the following two races, before improving to seventh in Russia and fifth in Spain.

The streak ended in Monaco, however Ocon started a new one that saw him score points at 12 consecutive races. However his performances were somewhat overshadowed by his growing rivalry with teammate Perez, as the two were often involved in incidents on-track.

At the Canadian Grand Prix, Perez ignored Racing Point team orders to let Ocon past in order to let the Frenchman challenge Daniel Ricciardo for third spot. As a result Perez and Ocon eventually finished fifth and sixth respectively. Things went to another level at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as the two drivers collided, with Perez retiring from the race and Ocon suffering a puncture. The Frenchman was able to continue and finished sixth.

The two once again came together at the Belgian Grand Prix as Ocon was squeezed into the wall leading up to Eau rouge. Just like in Azerbaijan, Perez retired while the Frenchman continued to finish ninth. This prompted team owner Vijay Mallya to come out and state that team orders would be enforced.

Ocon started the Italian Grand Prix from third on the grid his highest grid position, after both Red Bull drivers were handed penalties. He eventually finished sixth, while he came home fifth in Mexico despite spending much of the race in third. Ocon's streak of 27 consecutive finishes ended at the Brazilian Grand Prix after colliding with Romain Grosjean on the first lap of the race.

In the end, Ocon finished his first full F1 season eight in the Drivers' Championship on 87 points.

Drama on and off the track

Force India continued with the same driver pairing for the 2018 F1 season, with Ocon scoring his first points after finishing 10th in Bahrain. It would be his only points scoring finish in the first five races. While the Frenchman managed to finish in the top 10 at the three races before the summer break, Force India's future was thrown into doubt after the Hungarian Grand Prix as they faced liquidation by HM Revenue and Customs. The team was saved however as a group of creditors, including Perez, took legal action against the team and put into administration, thus saving it from collapse along with the job of its employees.

The team were purchased by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll, father of Williams driver Lance Stroll. Now going by the name Racing Point Force India, Ocon started third in Belgium and finished the race sixth.

However the rivalry between Perez and Ocon reappeared in Singapore, as the two collided on the first lap, sending the Frenchman crashing into the wall and out of the race. The team banned the two from racing one another after what they considered an "unacceptable" collision.

After both cars were disqualified from the United States Grand Prix for exceeding fuel flow limits, Ocon was involved in more controversy in Brazil. The Frenchman collided with race leader Max Verstappen as he attempted to un-lap himself. The Dutchman eventually finished second, while Ocon was handed a 10-second penalty for his role in the incident.

That wasn't enough for Verstappen as the two were seen arguing after the race, resulting in the Red Bull driver being summoned by the FIA and ordered to take part in two days of public service for making physical contact with Ocon.

The Frenchman failed to finish the final race of the season, ending the campaign in 12th position with 49 points.

Racing Point departure, Mercedes reserve

With Racing Point bringing in Stroll to partner Perez for the 2019 F1 season, Ocon joined Mercedes and became their reserve driver.

The Frenchman didn't take part in any Grand Prix weekend during the year, and although Mercedes didn't offer him a full-time seat for the following season, Ocon made his return to the grid in 2020.

			© Renault
	© Renault

Move to Renault

Ocon signed a two-year contract and joined Renault for the 2020 F1 season, taking Nico Hulkenberg's seat alongside Daniel Ricciardo.

The Frenchman finished eighth on his debut in Austria, however he was forced to retire from the Styrian Grand Prix with cooling issues despite qualifying fifth and running in seventh.

At the Belgian Grand Prix, Ocon secured his best finish since 2017 after coming home in fifth spot behind teammate Ricciardo. He qualified seventh for the Turkish Grand Prix and found himself third by the first corner, however disaster struck as he spun after colliding with Ricciardo. That sent Ocon to the back before being spun around by Bottas. In the end he had to settle for an 11th place finish.

Although Ocon qualified 11th for the Sakhir Grand Prix, he found himself in fifth by Lap 54 of 87. The Frenchman moved up to third during the Virtual Safety Car period, and while he was overtaken by Perez, pit stop issues for both Mercedes cars opened the door for Ocon to finish second and claim his first F1 podium and Renault's best result since 2010.

Ocon finished the season 12th in the Drivers' Championship with 62 points. The Frenchman remained with the team for the 2021 season, with Renault rebranded as Alpine, while Ricciardo left for McLaren. He was replaced by two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso.