Sport Esteban Ocon: France's next F1 champion

20:16  12 october  2017
20:16  12 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Hamilton beats Verstappen to win Japanese GP as Vettel retires

  Hamilton beats Verstappen to win Japanese GP as Vettel retires Lewis Hamilton stormed to his fourth win in five races in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen, while championship rival Sebastian Vettel retired with a mechanical problem. Hamilton led from pole, while Vettel was a sitting duck on the straights in the opening laps. Falling from second to outside the top 10 with a spark plug failure, before Ferrari decided to retire the German. Championship leader Hamilton survived a consistent challenge from Verstappen, but the Dutchman rarely posed a serious threat to Hamilton’s victory chances aside from a tense penultimate lap as they struggled to pass the lapped Fernando Alonso. At the chequered flag, Hamilton beat Verstappen by 1.211s, the podium was completed by Daniel Ricciardo, who was passed by Esteban Ocon on the opening lap but the Australian passed Ocon on lap 10. Ricciardo was caught by Valtteri Bottas, who started down in sixth place after a gearbox penalty, at the end of the race but the Finn failed to find a way past and had to settle for fourth position. His fellow countryman Kimi Raikkonen rose from an early off to fifth place. The Force India duo of Ocon and Sergio Perez were sixth and seventh, the latter unsuccessfully attempted to convince the team to swap the positions. Haas earned its second-ever double-points finish with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean coming home eighth and ninth. Felipe Massa fended off a late charge from Fernando Alonso to seal the final point.

Force India. Country. France . Podiums. Esteban Ocon (FRA) Renault Sport F 1 Team at Formula One World Championship , Rd11, Practice, Hungaroring, Hungary, Friday 22 July 2016. Esteban Ocon (FRA) Mercedes AMG F 1 at Formula One Testing, Day Two, Silverstone, England

Esteban Ocon (born 17 September 1996) is a French racing driver who currently drives in Formula One for Force India. He made his Formula One debut for Manor Racing in the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Rio Haryanto. Ocon is part of the Mercedes-Benz driver development programme.

At the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix, Estaban Ocon equalled the record held by Max Chilton of 25 race finishes in his first 25 Formula 1 races. In fact, Ocon hasn’t retired since August 2014, making that an astonishing 53 consecutive single-seater races without a retirement. While the phrase ‘slow but steady’ comes to mind in the case of Chilton’s achievement, that clearly isn’t the case with Ocon. This statistic just underlines the fact that Ocon is going to emerge as one of the real stars of this new generation of drivers.

He may have been lucky with the reliability of his Force India machinery, but it takes real talent to tangle with your team-mate and fight near the front without coming into any trouble. It is not as if Ocon has pottered around towards the back in order to finish; he has scored points in all but one race of 2017. A puncture dropped the Frenchman down into 12th in Monaco, still a respectable finish for a driver who had not yet completed his first full year of F1.That’s difficult to achieve. You don’t get those kinds of results by accident.

Hamilton beats Verstappen to win Japanese GP as Vettel retires

  Hamilton beats Verstappen to win Japanese GP as Vettel retires Lewis Hamilton stormed to his fourth win in five races in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen, while championship rival Sebastian Vettel retired with a mechanical problem. Hamilton led from pole, while Vettel was a sitting duck on the straights in the opening laps. Falling from second to outside the top 10 with a spark plug failure, before Ferrari decided to retire the German. Championship leader Hamilton survived a consistent challenge from Verstappen, but the Dutchman rarely posed a serious threat to Hamilton’s victory chances aside from a tense penultimate lap as they struggled to pass the lapped Fernando Alonso. At the chequered flag, Hamilton beat Verstappen by 1.211s, the podium was completed by Daniel Ricciardo, who was passed by Esteban Ocon on the opening lap but the Australian passed Ocon on lap 10. Ricciardo was caught by Valtteri Bottas, who started down in sixth place after a gearbox penalty, at the end of the race but the Finn failed to find a way past and had to settle for fourth position. His fellow countryman Kimi Raikkonen rose from an early off to fifth place. The Force India duo of Ocon and Sergio Perez were sixth and seventh, the latter unsuccessfully attempted to convince the team to swap the positions. Haas earned its second-ever double-points finish with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean coming home eighth and ninth. Felipe Massa fended off a late charge from Fernando Alonso to seal the final point.

Esteban Ocon (18, Prema Powerteam) is the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion . The French youngster wrapped up the title on the penultimate race weekend of the season at Imola driving a Mercedes-Benz-powered car.

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Force India could not have asked for more when they signed Ocon. He’s pushing Sergio Perez to an extent that the Mexican perhaps hadn’t bargained for. At the moment Perez still has the upper hand, sitting one place higher in the championship standings with an extra 17 points, but Ocon has made it clear he’s not here in a supporting role. He’s in it to win it and to make his mark as a Mercedes protégée.

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This is the driver who beat Max Verstappen to the 2014 European Formula 3 championship. While Verstappen was whisked away to Toro Rosso for 2015, Ocon stepped up to GP3, to claim another title and to gain more vital experience for when his time in the spotlight came.

Hamilton beats Verstappen to win Japanese GP as Vettel retires

  Hamilton beats Verstappen to win Japanese GP as Vettel retires Lewis Hamilton stormed to his fourth win in five races in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen, while championship rival Sebastian Vettel retired with a mechanical problem. Hamilton led from pole, while Vettel was a sitting duck on the straights in the opening laps. Falling from second to outside the top 10 with a spark plug failure, before Ferrari decided to retire the German. Championship leader Hamilton survived a consistent challenge from Verstappen, but the Dutchman rarely posed a serious threat to Hamilton’s victory chances aside from a tense penultimate lap as they struggled to pass the lapped Fernando Alonso. At the chequered flag, Hamilton beat Verstappen by 1.211s, the podium was completed by Daniel Ricciardo, who was passed by Esteban Ocon on the opening lap but the Australian passed Ocon on lap 10. Ricciardo was caught by Valtteri Bottas, who started down in sixth place after a gearbox penalty, at the end of the race but the Finn failed to find a way past and had to settle for fourth position. His fellow countryman Kimi Raikkonen rose from an early off to fifth place. The Force India duo of Ocon and Sergio Perez were sixth and seventh, the latter unsuccessfully attempted to convince the team to swap the positions. Haas earned its second-ever double-points finish with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean coming home eighth and ninth. Felipe Massa fended off a late charge from Fernando Alonso to seal the final point.

VICE Sports sat down with rising F 1 star Esteban Ocon to discuss the new grand prix season, his old rivalry with Max Verstappen From there, Ocon ' s progress was swift: European F3 champion in 2014, GP3 Series champion in 2015, then a Mercedes seat in the German touring car series DTM last year.

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Ocon needs to prove that he is one of the very best of his generation, a driver who can be the future for Mercedes or Ferrari. He has everything to gain from beating Perez. He’s a highly rated known quantity, with years of F1 experience behind him. Ocon might not be taking the world by storm in the way that Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton did in their debut years but he’s almost doing something better. He’s laying the groundwork, building the foundations for a fantastic career. He’s got an opportunity to become a more rounded, prepared driver. He doesn’t need the hype. He’s learning how to walk before he runs.

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That said, he’s doing everything that can be asked of a young driver. He’s consistently bringing home the points, he’s pushing his experienced team-mate and making the most of the car. People may not be shouting it from the rooftops and it might not be making the headlines but Ocon’s first full season in F1 has been very impressive indeed.

Rosberg: Hamilton one of the best

  Rosberg: Hamilton one of the best Nico Rosberg has heralded the "immense" Lewis Hamilton as one of the best of all-time after his former team-mate took a 71st career pole.World champion Nico Rosberg has heralded the "immense" Lewis Hamilton as one of the best of all-time after his former team-mate and title rival took a 71st career pole, and his first at the Japanese GP.

With the announcement that Esteban Ocon will replace Rio Haryanto for the final nine races of the Formula One season, the Manor team is about to host what could be a preview of the 2020 (or so) world championship battle.

Esteban Ocon . Country. France . Esteban Ocon stated his racing career in 2006 with karting. He ended up on 8th place in the French mini- championship . In 2007 and 2008 he became champion and switched over to the Euro Series until 2011.

The next time you’re voting for your driver of the day look past Hamilton storming to victory with ease once again. Look past Verstappen’s breathtakingly brave passes and Sebastian Vettel’s final desperate attempts to save a championship that once looked to be going in his favour. Instead remember Ocon, quietly, rather ingloriously gathering points and showing that whatever the circumstances he can be relied upon to do what he needs to do. Max Verstappen, watch your back.

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Vettel's title chance fades following early retirement .
Sebastian Vettel’s title fight took another turn against him in Suzuka, with a spark plug problem causing a second retirement in three races. For a second race in succession, Ferrari were forced to remove the engine cover from one of their cars on the grid. Following the failure to start in Malaysia for Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari were also faced with a spark plug problem for Vettel, starting on the front row alongside rival Hamilton. Late to the national anthem due to the problem on the car, Vettel also picked up his second reprimand of the season. Although Vettel got a good start, he struggled with pace on the opening lap. He first lost a place to Max Verstappen at the hairpin and then Esteban Ocon, before falling down the field. It didn’t take long before he was asked to retire by the team, pitting on Lap 4. “It’s just a pity in the two races with the reliability issues.” Vettel said to Sky Sports F1 after his retirement. “But it’s like that sometimes and of course it hurts and I’m disappointed, but now it’s important to get some rest and give my all for the last four races and see what happens. “It’s normal you’re critical, especially if things go wrong, so it’s part of our job. “I think I need to protect them (Ferrari). We’ve done an incredible job so far.” The retirement leaves Vettel 59 points behind Hamilton in the championship with four races remaining.

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