After a year of absence, Ocon returned to F1 last year with Alpine, while still racing under the Renault banner, and remained in 2021 alongside two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso.
Ahead of Ocon’s home race, the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet, Alpine has announced that he will keep the Frenchman on board for three more seasons beyond 2021, signing a contract extension until the 2024 season. of F1.
In his announcement, Alpine said the new deal “highlights the team’s confidence in the Frenchman as a star in the sport and his commitment to his long-term goal of winning the world championship.”
“I am delighted to continue with the team beyond this year and it is a fantastic feeling to secure my future with Alpine,” said Ocon.
“We have made good progress together since joining the team and I intend to continue this journey in the future.
“Big challenges lie ahead, especially with the new regulations in 2022. I’m sure we can achieve our goals by working hard together and continuing the story.
Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521
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After a tough comeback year in 2020, Ocon has shown improved form and has overqualified Alonso by four to two so far this year.
Ocon also won his first F1 podium at the Sakhir Grand Prix last year, which proved to be a turning point for the former Mercedes protégé.
“I often think back to the Sakhir Grand Prix last year with the podium, and it motivates me to create more special memories like this,” added the 24-year-old.
“I’m really looking forward to the next chapter, but for now we’re very focused on this season and taking each race as it comes.”
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi added: “We are very proud to keep Esteban within the Alpine family.
“Since returning to the team in 2020, Esteban has gained the confidence and stature to consistently perform well and help develop the car with the team.
“Despite his young age, he is very experienced in Formula 1 and he is on a positive trajectory both in terms of his maturity and his driving skills.
“He is an important asset for us now, and also for the future as we meet the challenge of the new regulations. We have every confidence in Esteban to help the team and the brand take it to the next level and achieve its long term goals. “
Esteban Ocon, Alpine A521
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Former FIA F3 and GP3 Series champion Ocon made his F1 debut for Manor in the middle of the 2016 season, then joined Force India and Racing Point.
After being replaced at Racing Point by Lance Stroll, Ocon spent the 2019 season on the sidelines as a Mercedes reserve driver before returning with Renault in 2020.