Esteban Ocon explains reason for Alpine exit: Was Monaco GP incident to blame?

The Frenchman did admit he was excited to finish his contract at Enstone

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Esteban Ocon rubbished claims his crash with his teammate at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix as the reason why he and Alpine will part ways at the end of the year, whilst he said that he is excited to see out his career with the team he won his first ever race at.

The team principal, Bruno Famin, was left seething with the 27-year-old when his optimistic Lap 1 lunge on Pierre Gasly saw both cars pick up damage despite there being a pre-race discussion specifically about not taking that risk.

On Ocon’s car it was so great that he was forced to retire in Monte Carlo, whilst Gasly could not do any better than finishing 10th, losing ground on RB as their poor start to the season continues with Alpine possessing just two points prior to the 2024 Canadian GP on June 9.

His post-race didn’t get much better either as Famin scalded him to French media whilst the FIA slapped him with a five-place grid penalty at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, before it was announced that he would be looking for a new seat for 2025. However, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner insists Monaco isn’t why he’s got to go.

“I said everything in my statement already,” Ocon told select members of the media, including Total-Motorsport.com, ahead of the 2024 Canadian GP. “We’ve been talking with the team for several months and Alpine is a big group, Renault is a big group, it’s not the kind of team making decisions on a single race.

“We’ve agreed, mutually, to come to an end. That’s basically at the end of the contract. I’ve spent five years within this team, and we’ve had some amazing moments, but five years in terms of the F1 world is a long time.

“So, I’m excited for what’s ahead and I’m excited to finish the collaboration on a high and I’m excited to be here in Canada.”

Ocon is now searching for his next seat, although nothing is yet confirmed and the ex-Force India driver said he would announce something in the coming weeks, although there are lots of media links to Haas, who are looking to replace Nico Hulkenberg, and Audi.

Jack Doohan, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon ahead of 2024 F1 season | Alpine F1 Team
Jack Doohan, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon ahead of 2024 F1 season | Alpine F1 Team

Ocon: Doohan FP1 spot nothing to do with Monaco

The three-time podium sitter, who finished 12th in the standings last season, will miss Free Practice 1 in Canada as he waits on the sidelines before touching his Alpine car because it will be handed over to Jack Doohan.

Doohan, who most recently competed in Formula 2, is Alpine’s reserve driver and at the age of 21, one of the candidates to replace Ocon. The team says his FP1 run is not a result of the Monaco GP incident, as does Ocon.

“I’ve seen that a lot from media and it’s not the case at all,” Ocon added. “As a team we have to give up two FP1s for rookies and I’m giving mine to Jack here.

“It’s a track that’s going to be green to start with, with the new tarmac. It’s quite dirty at the moment so things need to be cleaned up a little bit. I’ve got a five-place grid place penalty as well, unfortunately, for the race so my qualifying is a lot less dependent than usual.

“It’s more the race trim and as a team point of view, we think we are going to have probably a more competitive car later in the year. So, for us to do that early is a good thing instead of doing it in Mexico or Abu Dhabi.”

Brandon Sutton
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