Esteban Ocon at 23

Esteban Ocon at 23

Mercedes reserve is returning to the F1 grid next year with an already impressive CV

Esteban Ocon at 23

Mercedes-Benz reserve driver Esteban Ocon will return to a race seat with Renault next year, and plan to continue the record start to his Formula 1 career.

The Frenchman finished the first 27 races of his career, a feat unmatched in F1’s 69-year history, and raced for three teams over his two-and-a-half seasons and half-century of races. His two best finishes came in 2017, at the Spanish and Mexican Grands Prix, where he met the chequered flag in fifth.

Although he has never led, he did spend 13 laps of 2017 in the top three, and was a foot or two away from briefly holding first place in the 2018 Belgian GP at the end of the Kemmel Straight in the first race for the Racing Point team.

He started that race from third place, his joint highest qualifying position alongside the 2017 Italian GP.

In 2017, Ocon scored points 18 times across the season, a tally only been beaten by six other drivers - all of whom were in grand prix winning cars.

Ocon has never raced for Renault, but drove in free practice for the manufacturer four times in 2016, and once in 2014 when the team was called Lotus.

Italian Grand Prix
How the race unfolded
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Race Results
1
Leclerc
Scuderia Ferrari
25 pts
2
Bottas
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
18 pts
1
3
Hamilton
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
16 pts
1
4
Ricciardo
Renault F1 Team
12 pts
1
5
Hülkenberg
Renault F1 Team
10 pts
1
6
Albon
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
8 pts
2
7
Pérez
SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team
6 pts
11
8
Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
4 pts
11
9
Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing
2 pts
1
10
Norris
McLaren F1 Team
1 pts
6
11
Gasly
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
0 pts
6
12
Stroll
SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team
0 pts
3
13
Vettel
Scuderia Ferrari
0 pts
9
14
Russell
ROKiT Williams Racing
0 pts
15
Räikkönen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0 pts
5
16
Grosjean
Rich Energy Haas F1 Team
0 pts
3
17
Kubica
ROKiT Williams Racing
0 pts
2
DNF
Magnussen
Rich Energy Haas F1 Team
0 pts
DNF
Kvyat
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
0 pts
DNF
Sainz
McLaren F1 Team
0 pts
Race In Numbers
Margin of victory
Safety car periods: 2 (2 laps)
Cars finished on the winners lap: 8
Pitstops
2019
29
2018
21
Overtakes
2019
39
2018
37
Race leaders
2019
2
2018
3
On This Day
1996

Tuesday, September 17: Mercedes' Formula 1 reserve and Renault's future race driver Esteban Ocon turns 23 today

1888

Monday, 16 September: Bentley founder, Isle of Man TT racer and accomplished engineer W. O. Bentley was born

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