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Esteban Ocon, Alpine A524
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Why Ocon's continued presence in F1 would be welcomed in 2025

Although Esteban Ocon's Formula 1 future remains uncertain, ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains that recent events should not overshadow the Frenchman's compelling journey to the top tier of motorsport

It was one of those endless moments that precedes catastrophe.

Esteban Ocon’s Alpine A524 sent skywards, its left-rear having thumped the right-front of team-mate Pierre Gasly. In the gaudy opulence of Monaco’s Larvotto district, the resulting crash to earth was to be just as jarringly costly.

Ocon had been under strict instructions not only to not attack the lead Alpine car, but help it – Gasly started 10th and was essentially nailed on for his first point of 2024 given Monaco’s overtaking void. The botched pass put Ocon out of the race, his rear suspension destroyed, and incensed Alpine team principal Bruno Famin.

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