Thursday, July 18, 2024

Esteban Ocon: Alpine driver to leave team at end of 2024 Formula 1 season -Dlight News

Esteban Ocon will leave Alpine at the end of the 2024 Formula 1 season, the team have confirmed.

The news comes after Ocon’s controversial collision with Alpine team-mate Pierre Gasly at the Monaco Grand Prix, where team principal Bruno Famin warned “there would be consequences”.

Ocon joined Alpine in 2020 and won his maiden F1 race with the team at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

“It’s been a significant period of my life to be racing at this team in Formula 1,” said Ocon.

“While I’ve been here for five years as a full-time racing driver, my professional career started at Enstone back when I was a teenager, so it will always be a special place for me.

“We have had some great moments together, some tough moments as well, and I am certainly grateful to everyone at the team for these memorable times.

“I will announce my plans very soon but, in the meantime, my full focus is on delivering on track for this team and having a successful remainder of the season.”

Famin added: “We would like to firstly thank Esteban for his commitment to the team for the past five years. During his time, we have celebrated some fantastic moments together, the best of which coming at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix with a memorable race win.

“We still have 16 races to complete in 2024 together with a clear objective: to continue to work tirelessly as a team to push for the best on-track results. We wish Esteban the very best for the next chapter of his driving career when that moment comes.”

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