F1 2024: Esteban Ocon leaves Alpine at the end of the Formula 1 season

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The BWT Alpine F1 Team has confirmed the departure of Esteban Ocon at the end of the current Formula 1 season following the conclusion of the Frenchman’s contract. During his five-year spell with the team, Ocon recorded his and Alpine’s first Grand Prix victory at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. Ocon achieved two further podiums in his five years, taking second place at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, his first visit to the podium in Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix in 2023, where he finished in third place. Monaco GP 2024: Charles Leclerc beats Oscar Piastri to win first F1 title on home soil.

His best finish was eighth in the 2022 Drivers’ Championship, which contributed to the team’s fourth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship that year. The news comes after a difficult race weekend for Alpine in Monaco, when Ocon collided with Pierre Gasly on the opening lap, earning him a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

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Ocon added that he will announce his future plans soon and will keep his focus on the rest of the season. Alpine said they will confirm their 2025 driver line-up “in due course”.

Alpine team boss Bruno Famin said: “We would first like to thank Esteban for his commitment to the team over the past five years. During his time we celebrated some fantastic moments together, the best of which came at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix with a memorable race victory. F1 2024: Formula 1 driver Alex Albon signs a multi-year contract extension with Williams.

“We still have sixteen races to complete in 2024, along with a clear goal: to continue working tirelessly as a team to strive for the best results on the track. We wish Esteban all the best for the next chapter of his driving career when the moment comes,” he added.

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