France’s Esteban Ocon wins Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Following Sunday’s chaotic Hungarian GP victory, Esteban Ocon has joined a small group of Formula 1 race winners from France.

The man from a humble family in Normandy became the 14th Frenchman in the F1 winners’ club, joining four-time world champion Alain Prost, who took 51 victories, Olivier Panis, who won in Monaco in 1996, and Pierre Gasly, the winner at Monza last year.

In addition to his newfound hero status in France, he won Sunday’s race in an Alpine, renamed Renault, in his first season on the F1 circuit.

Ocon danced along as La Marseillaise was played on stage in the same way he played for the crowd after leaving his bright blue vehicle on the track and running with his arms up in front of the packed lines of fans on the Hungaroring track.

Lewis Hamilton said that Ocon “has been a shining star for a while”.

Hamilton would be well positioned to know, as the 24-year-old was still a Mercedes test driver in 2019.

It was there that Ocon earned a reputation for completing his duties, and in a way, perseverance is how he won on Sunday.

During his Mercedes days, he was known for spending whole nights in the factory simulator setting up the various technical settings for world champions Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

After his parents put their life savings into his career, Ocon lost his place at Racing Point in 2018 when Lance Stroll was appointed following his father’s investment in the team.

Then his chance came at Alpine, where he teamed up with Spanish ace Fernando Alonso, the former two-time champion.

Alonso, now 40, did a lot to stop Hamilton on Sunday as the pair dueled for several laps, eventually allowing Ocon to get past the post.

“My personal goals are to push the car to its limits in every race so that at the end of every weekend we can say we did our best,” he said ahead of the season.

Smiling broadly as he paraded his lanky figure across the podium, he promised it would be a “magical Monday party” when he returned home to celebrate with his loved ones after taking the flag for Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Alonso, who turned 13. have world titles between them.

(AFP)

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