Esteban Ocon explains hidden area that will make key difference in 2024 F1 season

Esteban Ocon finished just four points behind teammate Pierre Gasly in 2023, but Alpine were in a lonely battle for much of the season

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Esteban Ocon revealed he expects recovery between races to make a big difference to his fortunes ahead of the record-breaking 24-race 2024 Formula 1 season, and explained he’s found a new approach based on his learnings from 2023.

Ocon finished 11th and just four points behind Pierre Gasly in their first season together at Alpine, but 2024 sees China and Imola both back on the calendar, the season starts in the same week as 2023 and has only been extended by a fortnight.

The F1 circus will get just three weekends off between the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in mid-May and the Belgian GP at the end of July and end with a similarly gruelling run of six races on three continents in eight weeks to round out the year.

“Yeah recovery is going to be a big part,” Ocon told media including Total-Motorsport.com at the Alpine F1 launch.

“I’m going to be coming back every time to my training centre where they have recovery devices, there’s many things that I’m going to be spending a lot of time on, to recover quicker.

“And then so I can go back to work and train quicker. And that’s going to be a good thing to be doing, that’s the state of mind.”

Ocon: Judge Alpine mid-season

Alpine F1 Team celebrate third position for Esteban Ocon | Alpine

Alpine were left behind by Aston Martin and McLaren who both jumped up from the midfield in 2023, while the Enstone outfit were stuck in a class of their own for much of the season – behind the frontrunners but well ahead of the backmarkers led by Williams.

Alpine had a gap of 160 points to Aston Martin in fifth place and were almost a century ahead of Williams too, but did pick up two podiums including Ocon‘s superb third-place at Monaco.

They accepted that their previous car concept had a limited ceiling and have gone with a radically different design for 2024, with the team overwhelmingly excited about the new direction at their launch.

However, Ocon warned that it may take time for Alpine to fully hit their stride, and preached patience as the A524 was revealed to the world.

“It matters when we’re going to be mid-season,” Ocon added. “We hope that we’re going to start near the front but we have to be humble, realistic, it’s a new concept.

“There’s a chance that it doesn’t go too well at the start but the rise and the improvement, that’s what we need to get.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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