Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon

Personal Information

Full Name Esteban Ocon
Date of Birth September 17, 1996
Nationality French
Height 6ft 1inch (186 cm)
Current Team(s)
Role F1 Driver
Past Team(s)
Family Laurent Ocon (Father), Sabrina (Mother)

Esteban Ocon News

Watch: Esteban Ocon's sensational overtake of Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez during 2023 F1 Singapore GP
Watch: Esteban Ocon's sensational overtake of Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez during 2023 F1 Singapore GP
Esteban Ocon reveals that Alpine's woeful race weekend in Monza was not power unit-induced
Esteban Ocon reveals that Alpine's woeful race weekend in Monza was not power unit-induced
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2023 F1 Dutch GP: Top 3 teams desperate for a strong result
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Mattia Binotto to Alpine could become a reality as early as this season: Reports
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Who is the tallest driver on the 2023 F1 grid?

Esteban Ocon: A Brief Biography


Esteban Ocon is a French Formula One Racing driver competing for Alpine in Formula One. He made his Formula One debut for Manor Racing in the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix. Ocon was part of the Mercedes driver development programme until his move to Renault in 2020.


Born on 17 September 1996 in Evreux, Normandy to Sabrine Khelfane and Laurent Ocon, Esteban Ocon is of Algerian and Spanish descent. He started competitive karting at the age of 10 in 2006 and made his way to Formula One 10 years later in 2016.

Racing Career

Junior Categories

Ocon began karting in 2006 when he finished 8th in the French Minime Championship. He made steady progress in the years to come and was signed by Gravity Sports Management, a sister company of Renault at the age of 14.

Ocon made his debut in single-seaters in 2012, taking part in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and finishing fourteenth. In 2013, he improved to 3rd in the standings with 3 podiums to his name.

For 2014, Ocon progressed to Formula Three where he drove for Prema and won the championship beating the likes of Max Verstappen in the process. He moved to the GP3 series in 2015 and ended up winning the championship after a close battle with Lua Ghiotto.

Ocon would compete in 10 races for Mercedes in the DTM series before getting promoted to a Formula One drive at the Belgian Grand Prix 2016.

Formula One Career


Ocon got his first opportunity for a Formula One drive when the Manor GP decided to replace driver Rio Haryanto with Ocon. Ocon took the year as a learning curve and spent his time with the backmarker team learning tricks of the trade in Formula One. For the 2017 season, Force India announced that they had signed Ocon as part of a 2-year deal.

Force India(2017-2018)

Ocon would drive for Force India alongside Sergio Perez in what would essentially be his rookie season in Formula One. In his very first season, Ocon would impress with his pace and consistency. His pace did cause multiple run-ins with Perez as the pair would have crashed multiple times. Ocon would finish the season 8th in the standings.

Ocon would improve further in 2018 and consistently outqualify Perez. Multiple reliability concerns and crashes would cause Ocon a lot of points in the standings and mask some of the progress Ocon had made. Ocon would finish the season in the 12th position and sit out for the 2019 season as Force India went into administration and the new team Racing Point would replace Ocon with Lance Stroll.

Renault/Alpine (2020-Present)

Ocon would make a return to the grid in the 2020 season driving alongside Daniel Ricciardo. In a season where he had to go up against a very tough teammate in Ricciardo, Ocon, who also had to settle in a brand new team was thoroughly outpaced by his teammate early on in the season. Although Ocon was able to close the gap later in the season he still ended the season more than 50 points behind Ricciardo. As part of Ocon’s improvement through the season, he would finish second at the Sakhir GP 2020 and secure the first podium of his career. Ocon would welcome Fernando Alonso as his teammate for the 2021 season.

The 2021 F1 season saw Renault being rebranded as Alpine as the French automotive decided to change its strategy. Esteban Ocon was teamed up with Fernando Alonso as the Spaniard made his return to the sport. The entire season was quite competitive between the two drivers as Alonso learned the ropes of the sport and got used to life in F1. For Ocon as well it was a decent season where he was quite competitive with Alonso throughout the season. The season did however peak for Ocon in Hungary when the French driver secured his first-ever F1 race win. Capitalizing on a poor strategic call by the Mercedes/Lewis Hamilton combo and a first-lap pile-up, Ocon held off Sebastian Vettel for the entire race to win in Hungary. He was also very close to securing another podium in Jeddah but was pulled by the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. Overall, after getting dominated by Daniel Ricciardo in his first season back, Ocon had a far better showing in 2021.

The 2022 F1 season was more of the same as the French driver established himself well at Alpine. The battle between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon had however intensified in the second season together. Ocon's aggressive defense against Alonso I'm Jeddah and in Hungary was not well-received by his teammate and was even talked about on the team radio. By the summer break, it became clear that Alonso had signed a contract with Aston Martin and was going to leave Alpine at the end of the season. As a result, the dynamics between the two drivers got even worse. By the end of the season in another closely competitive season, this time around Ocon was able to outscore Alonso and show another layer of improvement.

The 2023 F1 season has seen him team up with fellow French driver and former close friend Pierre Gasly. Much had been said about how the two drivers do not get along and don't have a healthy relationship after a personal dispute but that has not been seen throughout the season. One of the reasons behind it would be the tumultuous nature of Alpine at the moment. During the summer break of the 2023 F1 season, the team is without a team principal and sporting director with a replacement yet to be finalized.


Father: Laurent Ocon

Mother: Sabrine Khelfane