Alpine has introduced that Esteban Ocon will proceed with the staff past the 2021 season as a part of a three-year settlement.
The 24-year-old joined the staff forward of the 2020 marketing campaign, having already spent two years in Method 1. Previous to that, he was already a well known member of the Enstone-Viry household throughout his time as a Lotus Junior driver and, later, as Renault’s reserve driver throughout the 2016 Method 1 season.
He made his race debut in Method 1 halfway by the 2016 season with Manor earlier than shifting to Pressure India for 2017 and 2018. Ocon has 73 Grand Prix begins to his identify, scoring 210 factors in that point.
Since returning to the staff as a full-time driver, Ocon recorded his greatest end so far in Method 1 within the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix after claiming second place; his first podium within the sport.
His run of kind carried over into 2021 with Alpine with 4 consecutive points-scoring finishes between Imola and Monaco, and a string of spectacular one-lap shows in qualifying, most notably in Portugal and Spain.
Ocon’s contract extension highlights the staff’s perception within the Frenchman as a star of the game and its dedication to its long-term aim of World Championship success.
Alpine is now targeted on persevering with its progress this season with Esteban and team-mate Fernando Alonso and getting ready for the thrilling problem of the 2022 rules.
“We’re very proud to retain Esteban as a part of the Alpine household,” mentioned Laurent Rossi, CEO, Alpine Vehicles. “Since returning to the staff in 2020, Esteban has grown in confidence and stature to ship constantly good outcomes and assist develop the automobile with the staff.
“Regardless of his younger age, he’s very skilled in Method 1 and he is on a constructive trajectory in each his maturity and talent behind the wheel. He’s a robust asset for us now, and likewise going ahead as we meet the problem of the brand new rules.
“We now have each confidence in Esteban to assist drive the staff and the model to the following stage and meet its long-term goals. Esteban is an asset for us past F1 as he’s deeply concerned within the Alpine world mission.
“Because of his character and values, Esteban is of course an ideal ambassador of Alpine. For now, we stay up for persevering with the 2021 marketing campaign at our residence Grand Prix in France and doing the absolute best job at each remaining race weekend.”
“I am delighted to proceed with the staff past this yr,” mentioned Ocon, “and it is a implausible feeling to safe my future with Alpine. We have been progressing properly collectively since I joined the staff and I purpose to proceed that journey going ahead.
“There are nice challenges forward of us, particularly with the brand new rules in 2022. I am certain we are able to hit our targets by working arduous collectively and persevering with the story. I usually assume again to the Sakhir Grand Prix final yr with the rostrum, and it motivates me to create extra particular reminiscences like that.
“I am actually wanting ahead to the following chapter however, for now, we’re very a lot targeted on this season and taking every race because it comes.”