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Esteban Ocon




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Esteban Ocon


Emalleville, France
Emalleville, France

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Esteban's karting career began in 2006, age 9, when he finished eighth in the French Minime Championship. The following year he won the championship.

In 2008 he stepped up to the French Cadet Championship, winning the title at the first attempt, before moving up to the international scene a year later.

Moving up to KF3 for 2010 he remained there in 2011, winning the French title and finishing runner-up in the WSK Euro Series.

In 2012, Esteban made the switch to single-seaters, contesting the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series.

A largely disappointing season saw him finish fourteenth overall, though this included a podium at his home round at Le Castellet.

The youngster also took part in a number of Formula Renault 2.0 Alps events with Koiranen, the Frenchman finishing seventh overall with two podiums, both of which came at the Red Bull Ring.

The following year he remained in Formula Renault, contesting the Eurocup and NEC with the ART Junior Team. Taking three podiums, including his maiden win (Le Castellet) he finished the Eurocup third overall.

Having contested the Macau Grand Prix with Prema Powerteam in 2013, he remained with the Italian outfit in 2014, contesting the European Formula 3 Championship. 21 podium finishes, including 9 wins, saw the youngster claim the title at the first attempt, winning the crown with a race to spare.

In addition to three rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, 2014 also saw Esteban make his F1 debut, the youngster driving the Lotus in the post-season Abu Dhabi test.

Meantime, even before securing the F3 title, Esteban had been signed to Mercedes junior team.

2015 was another strong season for the youngster, taking the GP3 title at the first attempt, with ART Grand Prix, and F1 tests at Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring with Force India.

On 3 February, Esteban, was revealed as Renault's reserve driver, a week later he was confirmed as a member of Mercedes DTM squad.

On 11 August, at the height of the summer break, it was announced that Esteban would replace Rio Haryanto at Manor racing, the Indonesian driver having failed to raise the necessary backing.

Esteban's recruitment came at a time the youngster was enduring a difficult debut season in DTM, his best result to date being a 9th at Zandvoort.

Prior to his maiden Grand Prix, at Spa-Francorchamps, Esteban had made four FP1 appearances for Renault and driven both days of the Silverstone post-GP test for Mercedes.

Due to the fact that he only contested nine races it would be wrong to attempt to come to any sort of conclusion regarding Esteban.

In qualifying the youngster clearly struggled, but then Wehrlein had the luxury of those extra dozen outings. That said, in Malaysia and Japan he out-qualified the German.

Gradually finding his feet on race days he also soon had the better of the German, leading him home on no less than six occasions. Indeed, keeping out of trouble, though clearly not afraid to 'get down to it', Esteban finished every race he started.

In Brazil he looked set to add to the team's points tally, seemingly heading to a well-deserved ninth. However, unable to hold off the vastly more experienced Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas, it was not to be.

An ambitious drive in Abu Dhabi saw the Frenchman battling Felipe Nasr, seemingly for the future of their respective teams, though ultimately his final outing of the year was marred by a clash with his Manor teammate.

It is said the pair have little time for one another, and the situation is unlikely to have been helped by the fact that Force India chose Esteban over Wehrlein when seeking a partner for Sergio Perez. Indeed, having been informed that the reason for his rejection was because he didn't gel with the team, Wehrlein's mood will not have been helped by his subsequent rejection for the Mercedes berth.

With France set to rejoin the calendar in 2018, what better time for the country that gave us Prost, Arnoux, Pironi, Beltoise, Cevert and Lafitte to have a couple more young chargers on the grid.

While it remains to be seen whether Force India can maintain its impressive form of 2016, it is unlikely the Silverstone based outfit will give Esteban a dud, and with a benchmark of the calibre of Perez, by the end of 2017 we should have a much better idea of the youngster's talent.

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