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Ocon explains desire to team up with Schumacher

Esteban Ocon and Mick Schumacher at the Dutch GP. Credits: Haas F1 Team, LAT Photo.

Esteban Ocon believes that Mick Schumacher is capable of performing well in a competitive team.

Alpine are currently looking for a driver that will race alongside Ocon in the 2023 season. Pierre Gasly is considered one of the favorites for the seat in case Oscar Piastri joins McLaren.

However, Ocon himself revealed that he would like to team up with Schumacher. Ahead of the Dutch GP, the Frenchman explained his decision.

“Mick, I think you know, is a good friend of mine, first of all, so if I can help on that, that’s no problem, but I think he has shown talents in the junior categories as well,” Ocon said.

“He’s been very fast. Sometimes in Formula 1, it’s not easy to perform with a car that’s a bit on the back foot. I’ve had that when I started in F1 and I’m sure you know he’s a great guy, and he could perform very well if he joined a competitive car, and at the moment Alpine is competitive.

“So that’s just my words, you know there’s going to be nothing taken with the team. I don’t have the decision to take, but the team knows that this will be my preference.”

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