F1: Esteban Ocon to leave Alpine at the end of 2024 season

F1: Esteban Ocon to leave Alpine at the end of 2024 season

Alpine F1 Team has confirmed that French driver Esteban Ocon will leave the team at the end of the 2024 Formula 1 season.

Alpine and Ocon presented their split as a mutual decision in a joint statement on Monday.

Ocon’s future within the Alpine team has been under speculation in recent weeks after the team principal Bruno Famin warned there would be consequences with the 27-year-old’s controversial collision with Alpine teammate Pierre Gasly at the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

A series of changes have been made within the Alpine F1 Team over the last year, with Ocon becoming the latest figure to move on.

Alpine further stated that its drivers’ line-up for the 2025 campaign will be announced in due course.

Alpine has endured a difficult start to the current season and they currently occupy the ninth position in the 10-team constructors’ championship table.

Ocon joined the team in 2020 when they were known by the name of the parent company, Renault and he registered one win in Hungary in 2021, in addition to two podium finishes (3rd in the 2023 Monaco GP and 2nd in 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix)

His career at Alpine has been marked by intermittent tensions with his teammates – first with Fernando Alonso through 2021-22 and most recently with Gasly who joined the team in 2023.

Ocon is currently ranked 16th in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship table with just a point after eight races. His best finish so far this season was at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix where he placed 10th.

The French star will turn his attention to the Canadian Grand Prix on June 9 and be looking to end his Alpine career on a high with 16 races to go for the season.

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