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Esteban Ocon Renault F1 driver quotes and notes

Esteban Ocon Renault F1 driver quotes and notes

12.02.2020: ESTEBAN OCON Race Driver #31 Esteban Ocon re-joins Renault F1 Team ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, marking his return to a full-time race seat after a year lay-off in 2019. Esteban is well known to the Renault family having

ESTEBAN OCON
Race Driver #31



Esteban Ocon re-joins Renault F1 Team ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, marking his return to a full-time race seat after a year lay-off in 2019. Esteban is well known to the Renault family having spent the 2016 season as the team’s Reserve Driver, and, prior to that, was part of the Enstone-based Lotus junior programme during which he won the FIA European Formula 3 title in 2014.



A year later Esteban won the GP3 Series crown. At just 23-years-old, Esteban has already completed 50 Grands Prix with a best finish of fifth achieved twice in Spain and Mexico in 2017 on the way to a career-best eighth place in the Drivers’ Championship that season.




Key Details

 
Date of Birth: 17 September 1996
Place of Birth: Évreux, France
Nationality: French
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OconEsteban
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/estebanocon/




Key Dates



2019
Esteban was Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s Reserve Driver for the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season. In December he officially completed his handover to Renault, where he featured in the two-day post-Abu Dhabi test in the Renault R.S.19.



2018
Esteban finished his second full season in Formula 1 with Force India (later, Racing Point) in twelfth place in the Drivers’ standings. In Belgium, Esteban enjoyed his best-ever Formula 1 qualifying performance by clinching third on the grid in a tricky, wet-dry session behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.



2017
In 2017, Esteban finished a career-best eighth in the Drivers’ Championship in his first full year in Formula 1 with Force India.



2016
Esteban began the 2016 season as Renault Sport F1 Team’s Reserve Driver, taking part in four FP1 sessions. Later that year, he was handed his Formula 1 debut as a 19-year-old when he replaced Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto from the Belgian Grand Prix. Esteban finished the remainder of the season with Manor before landing a full-time race seat with Force India for the following year.

Between his debut in Belgium and the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix, Esteban set an all-time Formula 1 record for the most consecutive finishes with 27 straight races without a retirement.



2015
Esteban made the step to the GP3 Series on the Formula 1 support bill. He won the title as a rookie.




2014
Esteban made his mark in junior single-seater racing with a scintillating rookie year in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship where he won the championship ahead of an impressive field, which included current Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Antonio Giovinazzi. On the back of his title triumph, Esteban, a Lotus junior at the time, appeared in FP1 for Lotus F1 Team at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.



2012 – 2013
Following on from his success in karting, Esteban enjoyed a first taste of single-seaters in 2012 in the Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault Alps series.





Karting
Esteban began karting in 2006 in the French Minime Championship winning the series in 2007. In 2008, he beat compatriots Anthoine Hubert and Pierre Gasly to the French Cadet Championship before spending three years in the KF3 series, winning in 2010, before finishing runner up in the WSK Euro Series in 2011.

Stats
Grands Prix Started: 50
Pole Positions: 0
Podiums: 0
Wins: 0
Points: 136
Average Points: 2.72
Fastest Laps: 0

Best Finish: 5th – Spain 2017, Mexico 2017
Best Qualifying: 3rd, Belgium 2018





Q&A




How excited are you to be back in a full-time Formula 1 race seat?



It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to test the new car in Barcelona. We’ve had a lot of time to prepare, and I’m feeling ready for the challenge. It was beneficial having the Abu Dhabi test in December as it meant I could get used to everyone as well as experiencing last year’s Renault F1 Team car, which is the starting point for the 2020 car. I’m really looking forward to racing again – back where I want to be – after waiting for a year. I already know some of the team, but it’s changed a lot since when I left in 2016. In Formula 1, things evolve quickly and everything at Renault has grown a lot. I think it will help me settle down quickly and be ready for the first race.






How impressed are you by the changes at Enstone?



I’m very impressed. I grew up at Enstone when I was younger, and it seems a lot has changed. When I visited the factory for the first time in 2019, I couldn’t find my way around! A lot of it is new, there are more people and it’s all very good. It will give us a boost this year.





This will be your third full season in Formula 1, how much have you learnt in your 50 races so fa
r?


I was lucky to be in Formula 1 at 19 years old and have already completed a lot of races. You can always learn new things and the more you work with different teams, the more mature you become as a driver. Each race, each season, there are always things to learn. I want to keep getting better and better and I’m sure the team and Daniel will contribute a lot to that.





How much are you looking forward to working with Daniel?


He seems like an easy guy to work with and I look forward to teaming up with him. It’s always good to push each other as it brings performance from the car and therefore will hopefully bring the team further up the grid. That’s what we’ll try to achieve. We want great results for the team, and we need to bring the best out from each other all while staying within the limits.





What do you know of the Renault R.S.20?


There are a lot of new items on this year’s car and the guys have been working hard to find some additional performance. It’s all about details in Formula 1 and I’ve seen quite a lot of details on the Renault R.S.20. It’s exciting to see the design but the next thing you want is to be behind the wheel and feeling what it’s like.






How busy have you been during winter?



I’ve been training in the Pyrenees since January 2 and it’s been flat out. I want to get as much work done on myself during the time off and make sure I’m prepared for the physical challenge in Formula 1. In between that, I will go to the factory quite a lot on the simulator and meeting staff in all the departments to see how the development of the car is going.



I thought last year I would have a lot more time for training, but it wasn’t the case as I was just as busy as if I was racing, with Grand Prix attendances, simulator events and some Pirelli tests. That’s why I started my winter training early this year in order to maximise the time and bring some energy into the season.




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