Esteban Ocon splits with Alpine triggering F1 shake-up that opens door for Aussie young gun Jack Doohan

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Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon and constructor Alpine have agreed to part ways at the end of the 2024 season, the French constructor announced in a statement on Monday.

“First of all, we would like to thank Esteban for his commitment to the team over the last five years,” said Alpine team boss Bruno Famin.

“During his time we celebrated some fantastic moments together, the most beautiful of which was the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix when we took a memorable race win.”

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Frenchman Ocon won his first Grand Prix and his first in the constructors’ championship in Budapest in 2021.

“We wish Esteban all the best for the next chapter of his driving career when that moment comes,” added Famin.

“My path has crossed with so many inspiring people during my time here and there are so many people I have to thank for their hard work, passion and dedication to the cause,” said the 27-year-old driver.

“We have had many highs and certainly some lows, but all I can say is that it has been an honour to ride alongside you, whether in the factories or on the racetrack.

“Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go this season and I am devoting 100 percent of my concentration and energy to this team.”

Ocon added that “news will be announced in due course” regarding his future in the next F1 season.

At the Monaco Grand Prix last month, Ocon incurred the wrath of Alpine management when his attempt to overtake teammate Pierre Gasly resulted in a collision that ended the race for him.

The all-French combination of Ocon and Gasly never worked for Alpine and the tensions between the two drivers were often felt on the track.

Alpine’s reserve driver, Australian Jack Doohan, is now one of the contenders for Ocon’s place on the F1 grid in 2025.

Other candidates include Ferrari dropping Carlos Sainz, although it is more likely that Sainz will move to Mercedes, Sauber or Williams.

Mick Schumacher, Yuki Tsuonda, Liam Lawson, Valtteri Bottas, Zhou Guanyu, Felipe Drugovich and Victor Martins are other options for the Alpine drive.

Ocon appeared to throw his hat into the ring as a possible successor to Lewis Hamilton, telling reporters in Imola that he still sees himself as a junior driver for Mercedes.

“In my mind I am still a Mercedes junior,” he said.

“On the management side, nothing has changed since 2015.

“We discuss a lot. We will decide what is best for my future.”

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