Esteban Ocon signed a contract extension at Alpine that binds him at the team for three more years till 2024. The French driver is still linked with Mercedes, as there may be a need for a driver or two at Silver Arrows in the coming seasons.
Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi asserted that although Ocon has connections with Mercedes, yet he will stay at Alpine for the next three years as there is no exit clause to be triggered.
“He is a Mercedes managed driver, that’s about it,” Rossi said. So he’s constantly under their management, but there’s no such clause for Mercedes to put him out of the team. No, he stays with us for the next three years,” he added.
Laurent Rossi heaps praise on Esteban Ocon
Lauren Rossi heaped praise on the French driver, Esteban Ocon, and stated that he has proved how good he can be. Moreover, Rossi said that Ocon is a part of Alpine’s long term goals, and they do not want to look for a driver every two or three years.
Lauren Rossi then went to add that Esteban Ocon is surely one of the top 10 drivers on the grid, and he has a long way to go with the team.
“We’ve seen enough of Esteban, we know he is good,” Rossi added. “I don’t want to be here again, looking for another driver after two years. Recent past showed that it never really turns the right way…if you have a good driver, you want to keep them,” he continued.
“So I think it’s good for us, it’s good for him. We have a long, long way to make progress, he buys into the project, and adds credibility to our project. For me it’s also a guarantee that we’re going to perform on the driver department. Esteban is arguably a top-10 driver minimum. So, we don’t make a big mistake here,” said Rossi.