Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon
Full Name: 
Esteban Ocon
Birth Date: 
16 September, 1996
Birth Place: 
Normandy, France
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Esteban Ocon Biography

Esteban Ocon - Alpine F1 Team F1 Driver

Esteban Ocon Career Overview and Fast Links

  • Career Overview

  • 2021 Alpine F1 Team Launch

  • Route to F1

  • F1 Manor (2016)

  • F1 Force India (2017, 2018)

  • F1 Renault (2020)

  • F1 Alpine (2021, 2022)

  • Fast Facts

Esteban Ocon F1 Career Overview

Esteban Ocon will compete with the Alpine F1 Team in the 2022 F1 World Championship, his second season with the French outfit.

A leading light of the junior formula that for a time at least was considered a serious option by the Mercedes F1 team, while circumstances out of his control have altered those plans since, he remains experienced for a driver still under 25-years old.

Making his debut mid-way through the 2016 F1 season, Ocon went on to compete with Force India and its successor Racing Point, before being forced to sit out the 2019 F1 season as a direct consequence of the latter’s takeover by the Stroll family. He returned to the grid in 2020 with Renault, where he remained or 2021. 

He signed a new, long-term deal which will keep him at Alpine until 2024.

Esteban Ocon - Route to F1

Ocon’s talent was spotted from a young age when at 14-year old he was inducted into Gravity Sports Management, an arm of the Genii Capital consortium that entered F1 in partnership with Renault in 2010 before it evolved into Lotus (and then back to Renault).

This was courtesy of a successful route through karting, Ocon winning the 2008 French Cadet Championship and the 2011 French KF3 title, as well as finishing runner-up in the WSK Euro Series the same year.

His car racing debut came in Formula Renault, competing with Koiranen Motorsport in a full season of the Eurocup series and a partial campaign in the Alps off-shoot. In the former he was a promising contender considering his age and experience, taking a podium en route to 14th overall, while two race wins in the latter earned him seventh despite missing two events.

A switch to ART Grand Prix brought him greater success the following season with a run to third in the overall standings scoring two victories at Paul Ricard and in Barcelona to finish behind future F1 rival Pierre Gasly and Briton Oliver Rowland.

Esteban Ocon - F3

Esteban Ocon - F3


At 17-years old, Ocon’s efforts captured the attention of Prema Powerteam - the burgeoning dominant force of F3 -- to give him his debut in the discipline with a Macau Grand Prix outing in which he finished tenth.

This earned him a full season campaign the following year and he used it to showcase immense speed and consistency, scoring a win and a trio of podiums in the opening round at Silverstone to establish a championship lead he’d retain right to the end of the year.

Scoring nine wins from 30 races, Ocon’s championship campaign was built on a foundation of a remarkable 18 podiums from the initial 21 races, allowing him to wrap up the title with a round to spare over the likes of future F1 rival Max Verstappen. 

His success brought him his maiden F1 test with Genii-associated Lotus, both during the season and during FP1 of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Esteban Ocon - GP3

Esteban Ocon - GP3


After ending his 2014 campaign with a stint in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Ocon revived his ties with ART Grand Prix for his switch to the GP3 Series in 2015 where again his sheer consistency proved critical in getting the better of main rival Luca Ghiotto.

Indeed, though Ocon achieved just one victory all season - in the opening race of the year - a run of 12 podiums in the latter 13 races (including nine second place finishes in a row) gave him the edge over five-time winner Ghiotto by a mere eight points.

It was during this season Ocon received his second outing in an F1 car, joining Force India for the in-season Catalunya test in place of an unwell Pascal Wehrlein. On the strength of this and his GP3 efforts, Ocon was duly inducted into the Mercedes Junior Team.           

Esteban Ocon - ART DTM

Esteban Ocon - ART DTM


However, as a result of his new Mercedes connections, the decision was taken to divert him from the natural course of moving up to GP2 in favour of DTM, where the three-pointed star has a strong factory presence and where fellow development driver Wehrlein had progressed to F1 with team Manor team from. 

Continuing with ART, it was nonetheless a tough transition to the famously close German-based series for Ocon, with the French team struggling to transfer its single-seater prowess to the touring car silhouette.

Despite his Mercedes association, Ocon was nonetheless loaned to the Renault Sport F1 team during the 2016 season and duly participated in four FP1 sessions, which negated his minimal success in the DTM when an opportunity duly arose at Manor to make his F1 debut.

Esteban Ocon F1 Career (2016 - Present)

Esteban Ocon - Manor Racing F1

Esteban Ocon - Manor Racing F1
Esteban Ocon 2016 F1 Results Overview
Manor Racing MRT - MRT05 Mercedes
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish12th (Brazilian GP)
-2016 F1 Points0
-2016 F1 Championship Standing23rd

Ocon’s big F1 break came after the 2016 summer break when the Manor Racing team dropped Indonesian racer Rio Haryanto over unpaid sponsorship fees and called upon its association with engine partners Mercedes to supply a replacement.

However, though the minnow British team was enjoying something of a revival under new ownership, Ocon was still arriving in a back-marker effort against another Mercedes prospect in Wehrlein, who had hauled the team into the points and Q2 on more than one occasion already.

After a conservative opening few rounds, Ocon compared well with Wehrlein as the remainder of the season progressed and was unlucky not to score points in a rain-affected Brazilian Grand Prix after dropping back to 12th on the final lap.


10.11.2017 - Free Practice 2, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Esteban Ocon 2017 F1 Results Overview
Sahara Force India F1 Team - VJM10 Mercedes
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish5th (Spanish GP, Mexican GP)
-2017 F1 Points87
-2017 F1 Championship Standing8th

Ocon’s efforts in tricky circumstances for a struggling team that wouldn’t survive the winter duly caught the attention of other outfits. Though he was originally expected to pen a deal with Renault, he was instead picked to join Force India for the 2017 F1 season, getting the nod over Wehrlein.

Paired with the experienced Sergio Perez, Ocon impressed in more competitive machinery and the consistency he demonstrated during his junior years served him well as he scored in 17 of the first 18 races, peaking with a run to fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix. He’d failed to score just twice all year and only suffered his first F1 DNF in the Brazilian Grand Prix, ending a run of 27 consecutive race finishes.

However, his first full season was characterised by two controversial run-ins with Perez, which arguably spoiled the opportunity for better results. The first occurred during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as the pair disputed a provisional podium position when the pair collided after a safety car period, contact that forced Ocon to pit and Perez to retire.

Later in the season the two drivers came to blows again during the Belgian Grand Prix when Perez squeezed Ocon into the wall on the run to Eau Rouge. Again Perez was forced to retire while Ocon recovered to pick up points, but the incident triggered further friction and a war of words, prompting team boss Vijay Mallya to enforce team orders to prevent it happening again.


28.09.2018 - Free Practice 2, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Racing Point Force India F1 VJM11
Esteban Ocon 2018 F1 Results Overview
Sahara Force India / Racing Point Force India - VJM11 Mercedes
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish6th (Monaco GP, Austrian GP, Belgian GP, Italian GP
-2018 F1 Points49
-2018 F1 Championship Standing12th

Despite the inter-team issues, Perez and Ocon remained on board with Force India for 2018 but in a team coming under increasingly financial hardship, good results were more scattered. Nonetheless, Ocon impressed with top six finishes in Monaco, Austria, Belgium and Italy, while he started the latter from the second row too. 

In the meantime, Force India’s dire financial situation came to a head at the Hungarian Grand Prix when it emerged the team was facing liquidation and immediate shutdown midway through the season. A savvy Perez subsequently launched legal action with the intention of putting Force India into administration, thus safeguarding jobs and giving it time to find a potential buyer. 

This came in the form of a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll - father of Williams driver Lance Stroll - who subsequently rebranded the team Racing Point from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards. 

While Ocon and Perez remained until the end of the year, it was an open assumption Lance Stroll would be Racing Point-bound for 2019. Coupled with Perez’s greater sponsorship clout, Ocon embarked on seeking alternative employment for the following season. 

However, having reached a pre-agreement with Renault, Ocon was frozen out when it took the unexpected opportunity to hire Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull instead. 


Esteban Ocon (FRA) Renault F1 Team RS20.
Esteban Ocon 2020 F1 Results Overview
Renault DP World F1 Team - R.S.20
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish2nd (Sakhir GP)
-2020 F1 Points62
-2020 F1 Championship Standing12th

With no competitive options on the grid remaining (despite interest from Williams), Ocon slipped off the grid for 2019 in favour of a test and reserve role with Mercedes, the series’ dominant force. However, test outings were minimal and while talks with Mercedes were held about being promoted to the team for 2020, its decision to re-sign Valtteri Bottas put an end to those hopes.

Sensing few forthcoming opportunities to progress with Mercedes, Ocon rekindled relations with Renault to replace Nico Hulkenberg and partner with Ricciardo for the 2020 F1 season, 

With his rustiness not helped by the prolonged delay to the start of the year, Ocon nonetheless proved a solid midfield contender on his arrival and was back into the top six by Round 4 at Silverstone before notching up a fifth place result in Belgium.

However, in a year that saw Renault enjoy a step up in form, Ocon was the weaker link compared with an in-form Ricciardo, out-qualifying the Australian on only two occasions and managing only 12th overall to his counterpart’s fifth in the final standings.

Nevertheless, it was Ocon that brought Renault its best result of the season, together with his maiden podium, with a run to second in a dramatic Sakhir Grand Prix.

Esteban Ocon 2021 F1 Results Overview
alpine f1 team - a521
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish1st (Hungarian Grand Prix)
-2020 F1 Points74
-2020 F1 Championship Standing11th

After a difficult 2020 campaign, not many expected Ocon to run new teammate Fernando Alonso close.

With the Spaniard struggling to adapt on his return to F1, Ocon enjoyed the advantage in the first part of the season before struggling for form in the middle of the campaign, mainly due to an issue with his chassis.

He made the most of the chaos at the Hungaroring to beat Sebastian Vettel to secure his maiden F1 victory. 

An underrated 2021 campaign for the Frenchman, although he will no doubt have to up his game in 2022.


Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521.

Esteban Ocon Fun Facts

  • Esteban Ocon is French-Algerian descent with the full name Esteban Jose Jean-Pierre Ocon-Khelfane

  • His run of 27 consecutive finishes is the longest run by any driver from their debut F1 race and the sixth longest stretch of all time