Currently lying in third place in the Formula Renault Eurocup, this just-turned-17 Frenchman has been groomed for stardom for some time.
Ocon was picked up by the Gravity management company a few years ago, while he was sweeping all before him on the French karting scene.
Under the umbrella of the Lotus F1 Junior Team, he made an ambitious move to the Formula Renault Eurocup - combined with a programme in Renault ALPS - at the beginning of 2012, at the age of just 15 and a half.
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Marcus Simmons is the deputy editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton, before becoming an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. Shortly afterwards, he started reporting for Motoring News and joined the staff in 1990.
After abandoning a parallel Formula First career – which had been as incident-packed as his childhood equestrian exploits – he moved to Autosport in 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelance and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before rejoining Autosport in 2008. He lives in Twickenham with his partner, two daughters, cat and guitars.