Alpine: Ocon should quickly decide

Alpine: Ocon should quickly decide

While he will leave Alpine at the end of the season, Esteban Ocon could very quickly formalize his next destination, with two teams that stand out from the crowd to welcome the Frenchman.

Esteban Ocon should not waste time. At the start of the week, the Alpine team put an end to the suspense by formalizing its decision not to extend the contract of the native of Evreux, who arrived in its fold in 2020 after a year away from the paddock as a tester for Mercedes. A choice which was justified by Bruno Famin as an “end of cycle” between the Enstone-based team and the 27-year-old driver, who brought Alpine its only victory during the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

“As I had the opportunity to say, we have been talking together for several months, we were talking with the two pilots about our future, and I think it was time to move on now,” said the boss of the tricolor stable at the microphone of
Canal+ on the sidelines of the first tests for the Canadian Grand Prix. I have complete confidence in Esteban Ocon to continue at the end of the season and give his best in the sixteen races that we have left to run together. »

Ocon would hesitate between Haas and Audi

For the rest of his career, everything indicates that Esteban Ocon has no shortage of solutions even if it seems certain that this will not come through a leading team. While Red Bull Racing maintains its confidence in Sergio Pérez, the name of Andrea Kimi Antonelli is increasingly coming up to replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes from 2025. According to information distilled by
Canal+ this Friday, the future of the French driver could become clearer within “ten days” to be written within one of the two teams which would be in the running to welcome him.

In search of an element of experience to replace Nico Hülkenberg, potentially alongside Oliver Bearman, the American team Haas could convince Esteban Ocon to join it in a few months. The second possibility concerns the Sauber team, which will become Audi from 2026, while Carlos Sainz Jr would also be in the sights of the German manufacturer. In any case, the different pieces of the puzzle that the 2025 starting grid represents are gradually falling into place, even if surprises can always occur.

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