Esteban Jose Jean-Pierre Ocon-Khelfane or Esteban Ocon for short is a professional Formula One racing driver competing for Alpine. The French racer made its debut in Formula One during the Belgian Grand Prix in 2016 wherein he drove for Manor Racing. By 2020, he made his first podium finish during the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. During this competition, he finished second.
Ocon’s early days of racing started with Karting in 2006. During his debut year, he placed eighth during the French Minime Championship. The following year, he finally won the championship. In 2008, he took the French Cadet Championship, and in 2011, he bagged the runner-up place in the WSK Euro Series and the championship title of the French KF3. At the age of 14, he was already part of Gravity Sports management.
After 2011, Ocon joined Formula Renault and competed under Koiranen Motorsport in 2012 and ART Junior Team. During the 2014-2015 season, he competed in DTM, GP3, and Formula Three.
Ocon made his professional debut under Formula One on October 22, 2014. He started competing for Lotus F1 before driving for Manor in 2016 and then Force India from 2017 to 2018. After driving for Force India, Ocon became a reserve driver for Mercedes in 2019 and eventually joined Renault in 2020. By 2021, Renault rebranded as Alpine F1 Team and invited Fernando Alonso to partner with Ocon. His current contract with Alpine lasts until 2024.
During Ocon’s entire racing career, he won two championship titles. The first one was in 2014 wherein he bagged the European Formula 3 Championship while the second one happened in 2015 when he earned the championship title of the GP3 Series. Under Formula one, Ocon’s highest ranking as a racing driver was the eighth place. This was in 2017 when he competed for the Sahara Force India team.
The French racing driver is of both Spanish and Algerian descent. He grew with his father who owns a garage and was a mechanic.
- Entries: 75
- Career Points: 210
- Podiums: 1
- Position/Ranking as of 2020: 12th
- 2014 European Formula 3 Champion
- 2015 GP3 Series Champion