Esteban Ocon made the headlines this week, as he signed a contract extension at Alpine. Ocon was handed a new contract that keeps him at Alpine till atleast 2024. There were questions over his future at Alpine, given that it was speculated that Pierre Gasly would replace him next season.
However, after signing his new contract, Ocon has stated that a huge load has been taken off his shoulders. He stated that now he can focus on his performance for the rest of the season.
“Yeah, it feels good, it is a weight off the shoulders I would say, so I can only focus on the performance and what matters now, [as] the rest is secured,” he said. “I have felt good with the team, well-integrated, the atmosphere is fantastic and we’re working nicely,” Ocon added.
We have a great chance of doing good things: Esteban Ocon
Several changes will be made to the 2022 F1 season, as new technical regulations come into effect. As a result, Esteban Ocon believes that Renault have a great chance of doing something great next season.
“Obviously we have a great chance of doing good things next year with the new regulations so it’s definitely a perfect place for me to be staying. It’s the longest deal I’ve ever had in motorsport in my whole career. So coming from where I was a couple of years ago it is an awesome position to be in so I’m really pleased,” said Ocon.
Esteban Ocon has strong connections with Mercedes prior to joining Renault. However, he stated that he is committed to Renault for the next three years, although he has connections at the Silver Arrows.
“[I’m] completely a full Alpine driver for the next three years, that’s where I stand at the moment,” he added. For sure there is still connections with Mercedes but the job I’m doing is with Alpine, and fully Alpine, but there will be nothing and no interaction with the Mercedes Grand Prix team,” said Ocon.