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The mantra Ocon must follow to challenge Alonso

OPINION: It's been an uneasy ride for Esteban Ocon since his F1 comeback - and fresh challenges lie in wait as he's joined by double world champion Fernando Alonso in the newly rebranded Alpine team. STUART CODLING sets out a roadmap to success

"Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic." An aphorism which sounds as if it might have tripped from the tongue of an author of self-help manuals (it has: Robin Sharma, no less), but is no less astutely observed for being so. For Esteban Ocon it's a mantra to live by as he seeks to preserve the momentum of the season just passed, one in which he built from shaky foundations to a feisty maiden podium finish in the penultimate round.

Twelve months ago, the prevailing expectation was that the line-up of Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo at Renault was potentially the spiciest on the grid, given each had a history of on-track rancour with team-mates.

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