Following his contract extension with Alpine, Esteban Ocon has announced that he can now focus 100% on racing.
The Frenchman is very happy about his new multi year contract and has now released a major source of pressure which should let him perform at his best in the upcoming races.
Ocon will remain with the French racing team until at least the end of 2024. The announcement was made on Wednesday, before the race at Paul Ricard. The new contract should also help him improve his racing technique.
“Yes, it feels good I mean it’s weight off the shoulders I would say so I can only focus on the performance and on what matters now that the race seat’s secure,” Ocon said.
“I felt good this year in the team, I feel very well integrated, I feel the atmosphere is fantastic and we are working very nicely and obviously we have a great chance of doing good things next year with the new regulations so it’s definitely the perfect place for me to be staying.”
The 24-year-old is also under Toto Wolff’s management as a Mercedes junior driver and was involved in rumors concerning a possible signing with the Silver Arrows. These are now no longer possible as he will be driving for Alpine for at least the next 3 years. Asked if there were talks with Mercedes, Ocon was very clear.
“I don’t really have to comment on that.”
“What I know is that I feel really good here, being with Alpine for three more years, that’s all I care about in the end and that’s all I need to focus on in the future and yes, I think it is a great decision for me, for my career, a massive step forward, and it’s the longest deal I’ve ever had in motorsport, in my whole career.”
“So, coming from where I was a couple years ago, I think it is an awesome thing, awesome position to be in, so I’m really pleased.”
The relationship with Mercedes will take a back seat with the contract extension at Alpine, the Frenchman said.
“I am completely an Alpine driver for the next three years, that is where I stand at the moment. For sure, there are connections with Mercedes but the job I’m doing is to be with Alpine and fully with Alpine so there will be nothing, no interaction, with Mercedes Grand Prix team.”