Esteban Ocon

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Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon 2017 Malaysia 1.jpg
Born (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 21)
Évreux, France
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality France French
2018 team Force India-Mercedes[1]
Car number 31
Entries 37 (37 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 98
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2016 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry 2018 French Grand Prix
2017 position 8th (87 pts)
Previous series
2016
2015
2014
201213
2013
2012
DTM
GP3 Series
European Formula 3 Championship
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Championship titles
2015
2014
GP3 Series
European Formula 3 Championship

Esteban Ocon (born 17 September 1996) is a French racing driver who currently drives in Formula One for Force India. He made his Formula One debut for Manor Racing in the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Rio Haryanto. Ocon is part of the Mercedes-Benz driver development programme.[2] He holds the all-time record for most consecutive finishes from start of career, with 27.

Early life[edit]

Esteban Ocon was born in Évreux, Normandy to Sabrina and Laurent Ocon. Laurent Ocon is a mechanic who owns a garage in Évreux. His family is of Spanish origin hailing from Málaga.[3]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Ocon entered karting in 2006, when he finished eighth in the French Minime Championship,[4] subsequently winning the championship in the following year.[5] His success continued in 2008, as he won the French Cadet Championship.[6] On the back of that victory, Ocon began the first of his three seasons in the KF3 kart category. He would ultimately win the French KF3 title and finish as runner-up in the WSK Euro Series in 2011, his final season before stepping up to cars.[7]

At the age of 14, Ocon was signed by Gravity Sports management, a sister company of Renault F1 team.[8]

Formula Renault (2012–2014)[edit]

Formula Renault 2.0 Series[edit]

In 2012, Ocon made his début in single-seaters, taking part in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Koiranen Motorsport.[9] He finished fourteenth with four-point-scoring finishes, including podium at his home round at Le Castellet.[7] He also contested a partial campaign in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps with Koiranen,[10] finishing seventh with two podiums, both of which came at the Red Bull Ring.

For 2013, he decided to switch to the ART Junior Team.[11] He took three podiums, as well as his first victory at Le Castellet and finished season on the third position in the standings.[12]

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Ocon joined the World Series by Renault's 3.5 category for Comtec Racing at Hungaroring and Le Castellet, scoring two points in his first race.[13]

Formula Three (2014)[edit]

Esteban Ocon in F3 – Hockenheimring 2014

Ocon made his Formula Three début at the Macau Grand Prix, racing for Prema Powerteam.[14] In 2014 he expanded his collaboration with Prema into FIA European Formula Three Championship.[15] He was on top position of the standings since first round at Silverstone and won the championship with a round to spare.[16]

GP3 Series (2015)[edit]

On 11 March 2015, it was announced that Ocon would enter the series with ART Grand Prix. He claimed the championship despite only scoring one victory (two other victories were denied due to penalties) and pressure from Luca Ghiotto.

DTM (2016)[edit]

Ocon drove for Mercedes-Benz in the first 10 races of the 2016 DTM season, alongside his reserve driver role at Renault Sport F1. He was subsequently replaced by Felix Rosenqvist, following his promotion to Manor.

Formula One (2016–present)[edit]

Ocon driving the Mercedes W07 Hybrid

Ocon took part in the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 21 November 2014, driving for Lotus F1. He also took part in post race testing in Barcelona with Force India. Prior to his claiming of the GP3 title, it was announced that he would enter the junior programme of the Mercedes F1 team. In February 2016, it was announced that Ocon would act as reserve driver for the Renault Sport F1 team.[17]

Manor (2016)[edit]

Ocon driving for Manor at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 10 August 2016, it was announced that Ocon would drive for Manor Racing in the second half of the 2016 season, replacing Rio Haryanto[18][19] who became the team's reserve driver. Ocon made his Formula One debut at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, classified second-last. He earned his best result of 12th in the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix, dropping out of the points on the final lap.

Force India (2017-)[edit]

Ocon driving for Force India at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix.

On 10 November 2016, Force India announced that they had signed Ocon for the 2017 season as part of his multi-year contract with Mercedes.[1] He scored his first Formula One point in his first race for Force India in Australia.[20] He finished 10th in the first three races of the season. He then finished 7th at the Russian GP, and continued the points streak with an impressive 5th place at the Spanish GP. He currently stands at 8th in the drivers' championship, following the Austrian Grand Prix. Following that, he recorded 8th place in front of his teammate. He followed up with 9th in Hungary. His streak of 27 consecutive races without a DNF ended at the Brazilian Grand Prix where he had an accident with his fellow countryman Romain Grosjean when they clashed on the first lap of the race. He finished his first full season with 87 points and 8th in the championship after an 8th place finish in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Koiranen Motorsport 14 0 0 0 1 31 14th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 9 0 0 1 2 69 7th
2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 ART Junior Team 14 2 1 1 5 159 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 8 1 0 1 3 122 12th
Macau Grand Prix Prema Powerteam 2 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
2014 FIA European Formula 3 Championship Prema Powerteam 33 9 15 7 21 478 1st
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Comtec Racing 3 0 0 0 0 2 23rd
Formula One Lotus F1 Team Test driver
2015 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 18 1 3 5 14 253 1st
Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team Test driver
2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mercedes-Benz DTM Team ART 10 0 0 0 0 2 26th
Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Test driver
Renault Sport F1 Team Test driver
Manor Racing MRT 9 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2017 Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team 20 0 0 0 0 87 8th
2018 Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team 8 0 0 0 0 11* 13th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2014 Prema Powerteam SIL
1

2
SIL
2

1
SIL
3

3
HOC
1

9
HOC
2

1
HOC
3

2
PAU
1

1
PAU
2

2
PAU
3

2
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

1
HUN
3

1
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

2
SPA
3

2
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

14
NOR
3

2
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

1
MSC
3

1
RBR
1

13
RBR
2

Ret
RBR
3

13
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

3
NÜR
3

Ret
IMO
1

1
IMO
2

4
IMO
3

3
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

4
HOC
3

7
1st 478

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2014 Comtec Racing MNZ
1
MNZ
2
ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1
SPA
1
SPA
2
MSC
1
MSC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

DNS
LEC
1

14
LEC
2

12
JER
1
JER
2
23rd 2

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2015 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

7
RBR
FEA

3
RBR
SPR

DSQ
SIL
FEA

6
SIL
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

2
SPA
FEA

2
SPA
SPR

2
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
SPR

2
SOC
FEA

2
SOC
SPR

2
BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

4
YMC
SPR

3
1st 253

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2016 Mercedes-Benz DTM Team ART Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

Ret
SPL
1

20
SPL
2

18
LAU
1

23
LAU
2

15
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

13
ZAN
1

9
ZAN
2

18
MSC
1
MSC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
26th 2

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2014 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E22 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU
TD
 –  –
2016 Renault Sport F1 Team Renault R.S.16 Renault R.E.16 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR CHN RUS ESP
TD
MON CAN EUR AUT GBR
TD
HUN
TD
GER
TD
23rd 0
Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid 1.6 V6 t BEL
16
ITA
18
SIN
18
MAL
16
JPN
21
USA
18
MEX
21
BRA
12
ABU
13
2017 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM10 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
10
CHN
10
BHR
10
RUS
7
ESP
5
MON
12
CAN
6
AZE
6
AUT
8
GBR
8
HUN
9
BEL
9
ITA
6
SIN
10
MAL
10
JPN
6
USA
6
MEX
5
BRA
Ret
ABU
8
8th 87
2018 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
12
BHR
10
CHN
11
AZE
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
6
CAN
9
FRA
Ret
AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 13th* 11*

* Season still in progress.

Formula One records[edit]

Ocon holds the following Formula One records:

Record Achieved
Most consecutive finishes from start of career 27 Grands Prix 2016 Belgian Grand Prix2017 Mexican Grand Prix

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Allen, Peter (5 February 2012). "Lotus and Gravity launch iRace Professional Programme". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Esteban Ocon, la vie en pole". Seine-Saint-Denis - Le magazine. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Championnat de France – Minime 2006". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Championnat de France – Minime 2007". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Championnat de France – Cadet 2008". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Esteban Ocon". Motor Sport Magazine. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Ocon e Pakari pronti per il debutto" [Ocon and Pacari ready for debut]. ItaliaRacing.net (in Italian). Inpagina. 13 December 2011. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "F.Renault 2.0 ALPS synonimous of quality with top team and drivers ready to roll in 2012 season". Renaultsport Italia. Fast Lane Promotion. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
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  12. ^ Musker, Ant (29 September 2013). "Ocon takes first Eurocup victory in frantic race two". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Simmons, Marcus (8 September 2014). "Lotus F1 junior, European F3 leader Esteban Ocon makes FR3.5 debut". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Simmons, Marcus (15 October 2013). "Lotus Formula 1 protege Esteban Ocon gets Prema Macau Formula 3 seat". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Vendrell, Arnau Viñals (19 October 2013). "Esteban Ocon in F3 with Prema Powerteam for 2014". formularapida.net. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (18 October 2014). "Verstappen claims ninth win as Ocon is crowned champion". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Parkes, Ian (2 February 2016). "Esteban Ocon set to get Renault Formula 1 reserve role for 2016". Autosport. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (10 August 2016). "Manor F1 team replaces Rio Haryanto with Esteban Ocon". autosport.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  19. ^ Morlidge, Matt (10 August 2016). "Esteban Ocon steps up to replace Rio Haryanto at Manor". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "Force India scores top-10 double at F1 opener in Australia". Autoweek. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Raffaele Marciello
European Formula 3
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Felix Rosenqvist
Preceded by
Alex Lynn
GP3 Series
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Charles Leclerc