Ocon's departure recorded

Ocon’s departure recorded

This Monday, via a press release, the Alpine team formalized the departure of Esteban Ocon at the end of the 2024 season. It now remains to be seen who will replace the French driver next year.

It was expected, it’s now official: Esteban Ocon will no longer drive for Alpine in 2025. Indeed, at the end of his contract at the end of the current season, the Frenchman will not extend with the team based partly in Viry-Châtillon. The formalization that many were waiting for was made this Monday via a press release. After a five-year collaboration, marked in particular by the victory of the Norman during the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2021, Ocon and Alpine will therefore logically separate.

The recent clash between the latter and Pierre Gasly at the start of the Monaco GP may have precipitated this announcement. However, despite certain rumors, Ocon will, a priori, be at the start of the Canadian GP this weekend, while a possible sanction was at one time mentioned. “ We wish Esteban the best for the next chapter of his career when that time comes », Reacted Bruno Farmin, the boss of Alpine.

Ocon: “An important chapter of my life”

« Racing for this team in Formula 1 was an important chapter in my life. Although I have been a racing driver there for five years, my professional career began at Enstone when I was just a teenager. So it will always be a special place for me. We have experienced great moments together, but also some more difficult ones, and I am extremely grateful to all the members of the team for these unforgettable moments, said Ocon, in the press release published this Monday by the French team. . I will announce my plans very soon, but in the meantime, I am fully focused on this team on track and on the success of the rest of the season. »

It now remains to be seen where the Norman will bounce back (Haas? Sauber which will become Audi in 2026?) and who will replace the latter at Alpine next year? The names of Jack Doohan and Zhou Guanyu were mentioned recently by L’Equipe. To be continued…

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