Ocon signs three-year deal with Alpine

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 06: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Alpine A521 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 06, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Esteban Ocon just signed a three-year contract with Alpine, meaning he will stay in Formula 1 until the end of 2024.

Ocon joined the team in 2020 when the name was still Renault, which was then rebranded as Alpine. Last year, he also scored his first Formula 1 podium with them.

In 2021, Ocon is performing very well, proving that he deserves to stay in Formula 1. He also managed to outscore his teammate, Fernando Alonso, who came back into the sport this season.

Ahead of the home Grand Prix both for him and the team, it was announced that Ocon is going to stay with the team for another three years.

The contract’s renewal “highlights the team’s belief in the Frenchman as a star of the sport and its commitment to its long-term goal of World Championship success”, said the team.

The team’s CEO, Laurent Rossi, said: “We are very proud to retain Esteban as part of the Alpine family. Since returning to the team in 2020, Esteban has grown in confidence and stature to deliver consistently good results and help develop the car with the team.

“Despite his young age, he is very experienced in Formula 1 and he’s on a positive trajectory in both his maturity and ability behind the wheel. He is a strong asset for us now, and also going forward as we meet the challenge of the new regulations.

“We have every confidence in Esteban to help drive the team and the brand to the next level and meet its long-term objectives. Esteban is an asset for us beyond F1 as he is deeply involved in the Alpine global project.

“Thanks to his personality and values, Esteban is naturally a perfect ambassador of Alpine. For now, we look forward to continuing the 2021 campaign at our home Grand Prix in France and doing the best possible job at every remaining race weekend.”

Ocon added: “I’m delighted to continue with the team beyond this year and it’s a fantastic feeling to secure my future with Alpine. We’ve been progressing well together since I joined the team and I aim to continue that journey going forward.

“There are great challenges ahead of us, especially with the new regulations in 2022. I’m sure we can hit our targets by working hard together and continuing the story. I often think back to the Sakhir GP with the podium, and it motivates me to create more special memories like that.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter but, for now, we’re very much focused on this season and taking each race as it comes.”

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