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Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon 2017 Malaysia 1.jpg
Born (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 23)
Évreux, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
2020 teamRenault[1]
Car number31
Entries54 (54 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points148
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2016 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry2020 British Grand Prix
2018 position12th (49 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
WebsiteOfficial website

Esteban Ocon (born 17 September 1996) is a French racing driver who currently is signed to race for Renault F1 Team alongside Daniel Ricciardo in 2020. He made his Formula One debut for Manor Racing in the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Rio Haryanto. Ocon was a part of the Mercedes-Benz driver development programme until his departure for Renault.[2]

Early life[edit]

Esteban Ocon was born in Évreux, Normandy to Sabrine Khelfane‹See TfM›[failed verification] and Laurent Ocon. Laurent Ocon is a mechanic who owns a garage in Évreux. He is of Algerian and Spanish descent as his paternal family is originally from Málaga.[3]

Early career[edit]

2006–2011: 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]

2012–2014: Formula Renault[edit]

In 2012, Ocon made his debut 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 being on the 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 the season in third.[12]

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

2014–2015: Formula Three, GP3 and DTM[edit]

Esteban Ocon in F3 – Hockenheimring 2014

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

On 11 March 2015, it was announced that Ocon would move to FIA Formula 3 European Championship rival GP3 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.

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 career[edit]

Ocon driving the Mercedes W07 Hybrid

Ocon's first experience of a Formula One car was on 22 October 2014, driving the Lotus E20 as part of a two-day test for Lotus F1.[17] A month later, he made his Grand Prix weekend debut for Lotus during the first practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[18]

In May 2015, Ocon was called up by Force India to drive at the post-race test in Barcelona, after Pascal Wehrlein was forced to withdraw due to illness.[19] Prior to him claiming the GP3 title, it was announced that Ocon 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 for the 2016 season.[20] He took part in four FP1 sessions for the team.

Manor (2016)[edit]

Ocon driving for Manor at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 10 August 2016, Rio Haryanto was dropped from the backmarker Manor Racing team after his sponsors had failed to meet their contractual obligations. Ocon was named as his replacement for the second half of the season, driving alongside Pascal Wehrlein.[21][22] Ocon made his Formula One debut at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, finishing 16th. He earned his best result of 12th in the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix, dropping out of the points on the final lap.

Force India (2017–2018)[edit]

Ocon driving for Force India at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix

2017[edit]

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, with Sergio Pérez as his new teammate.[23] Ocon scored his first Formula One point in his first race for Force India in Australia.[24] 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 a 5th place at the Spanish GP. He stood 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. In Belgium, Ocon was involved in a controversial collision with teammate Pérez, ending Pérez's race. His streak of finishing 27 consecutive races ended at the Brazilian Grand Prix where he had an accident with Romain Grosjean after they collided 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.

2018[edit]

Ocon continued alongside Pérez at Force India for 2018, in a season that saw numerous incidents between the two teammates. Ocon's first points of the season came with a 10th-place finish in Bahrain. In Azerbaijan, he was involved in a first-lap collision with Kimi Räikkönen that ended his race. Teammate Pérez would go on to claim a podium finish. Ocon retired with an oil leak at the next race in Spain. He then recorded 6th and 9th place finishes in Monaco and Canada respectively, but then retired from his home race in France after a first-lap collision. Three more points finishes followed before the summer break.

By the summer break, Force India was in severe financial trouble and faced a winding-up order from HMRC. A group of creditors including teammate Pérez took legal action against the team and put it into administration, saving the team from collapse and the jobs of its employees. The assets of the team were purchased by a consortium of investors led by Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, father of Williams driver Lance Stroll. Some suspected that Lance Stroll would now soon join Racing Point Force India, replacing Ocon due to Pérez's role in saving the team. However, the new team confirmed that Ocon and Pérez would continue with them for the rest of the season. It was later revealed that Ocon had an "informal agreement" to join Renault for 2019 before the team made a shock signing in Daniel Ricciardo, now leaving Ocon's future in doubt.[25]

At the new team's first race in Belgium, Ocon produced excellent drives to qualify 3rd and finish 6th, the best starting position of his career. Another 6th place followed in Italy. In Singapore, Ocon and Pérez collided on the first lap, causing Ocon to crash into a wall and ending his race. The team described the collision as "unnacceptable" and banned the drivers from racing each other. Pérez apologised for his role in the accident.[26] Two 9th places followed, before Ocon was disqualified from 8th place at the United States Grand Prix after his car was found to have exceeded fuel flow limits.

At the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, Ocon hit race leader Max Verstappen while trying to unlap himself, damaging both cars. Both drivers were able to continue racing,[27] and Ocon received a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for the incident.[28] They argued just after the race (which Verstappen finished in second place) and Verstappen and Ocon pushed each other several times.[29] Both drivers were summoned by the FIA and Verstappen was given two days of public service "at the discretion of the FIA" for making deliberate physical contact with Ocon.[30]

Ocon finished the season in 12th place in the championship with 49 points.

Mercedes reserve driver (2019)[edit]

On 23 November 2018, it was announced that Ocon would join Mercedes as their reserve driver for 2019 after it became clear that he would be replaced at Racing Point by Lance Stroll—an outcome that was finally confirmed a week later.[31][32] Ocon would not take part in a Grand Prix weekend during the year. He was a contender to take the second Mercedes seat alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2020, however the team decided to continue with Valtteri Bottas.

Renault (2020-)[edit]

On 29 August 2019, it was announced that Ocon will race for Renault starting in 2020, on a two-year contract. His Renault debut will mark his return to Formula One as a full-time driver. He will replace Nico Hülkenberg, and partner with Daniel Ricciardo.[33]

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 12 0 0 0 0 49 12th
Racing Point Force India F1 Team 9 0 0 0 0
2019 Formula One Mercedes- AMG Petronas Motorsport Test driver
2020 Formula One Renault DP World F1 Team 4 0 0 0 0 12* 11th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship[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 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
6
GBR
7
GER
8
HUN
13
12th 49
Racing Point Force India F1 Team BEL
6
ITA
6
SIN
Ret
RUS
9
JPN
9
USA
DSQ
MEX
11
BRA
14
ABU
Ret
2020 Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6 V6 t AUT
8
STY
Ret
HUN
14
GBR
6
70A ESP BEL ITA TUS RUS EIF POR EMI 11th* 12*

* 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 [34]

References[edit]

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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