Esteban Ocon

Manor

Driver Number

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France

Representing

France

Nation
France
Date of birth
17/Sep/1996
Place of birth
Evreux, France

Biography

One of the highest rated young drivers on the Mercedes-Benz driver development programme, Esteban has been racing since he entered his first kart race – aged only nine -- in 2006, going on to finish eighth in the French Minime Championship. In a demonstration of his talent, he won the title in 2007.

In 2008, he moved on to the French Cadet championship and continued his triumphant progress. Another title followed before he competed at international level in 2009, winning the French KF3 title in 2011 and finishing second in the WSK Euro Series.

Ocon made his single-seater car debut in 2012, in Formula Renault, collecting six podiums. In 2013, he switched to the ART Junior Team and finished third, winning at Le Castellet. His talent proven, he made his F3 debut at Macau before going on to the FIA European F3 championship, winning the 2014 title with a round to spare for Prema.

That sealed his early progress to Formula One.  He took part in free practice at Abu Dhabi with Lotus and then tested with Force India. By then, he had also been recruited to the Mercedes programme and doors were opening on a bright future, confirmed by his elevation to a race seat with Manor in August, 2016.

In 2015, his talent shone when, with ART, he was the GP3 champion, demonstrating an all-round package of talents that brought him 14 podiums in 18 races. His consistency, aged 18, has now taken him to the top.  

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