Alpine driver Esteban Ocon is gearing up for his home Grand Prix as the Formula 1 calendar turns to the Paul Ricard Track in Le Castellet for the French GP. For this special race, Ocon will be wearing a newly designed helmet that celebrates France and Évreux, the place where the Alpine was born.
The helmet was designed by Esteban Ocon’s fan, William. The 12-year-old has taken the colours from the French flag and Alpine and the flag of Évreux. Esteban tweeted, “The red, white and blue colours are for the French flag and Alpine. I liked the flag of Évreux, the place you were born although I found it hard to draw. I hope you like it. Thank you William for designing my helmet for my home race. I love it and can’t wait to wear it.”
I know the atmosphere will be amazing in the ‘Esteban Ocon Grandstand’: Ocon
In a recent media interaction, the young Frenchman opened up about the feeling of racing in his home country. He also stated that he will also have a grandstand with his name called ‘Esteban Ocon Grandstand’.
He said, “There isn’t a feeling quite like racing in your own country and seeing the passion of the home fans when arriving to the circuit, or, in the grandstands when driving past. I’ll also have my own grandstand this weekend which is a first for me and a dream come true. I know the atmosphere will be amazing in the ‘Esteban Ocon Grandstand’ and throughout the grounds in what is a sold-out race weekend.”
It’s always special going back to Le Castellet, a track we all know well: Ocon
Esteban Ocon then talked about the high-speed straights and the demanding low and medium-speed corners at the Paul Ricard track. He also stressed how a driver is required to be extremely adaptable to the various regions of the track which pose varying demands.
“It’s always special going back to Le Castellet, a track we all know well. It’s a circuit famous for its mix of high-speed straights and the demanding sequences of low and medium-speed corners. The low-speed section heading onto the Mistral straight is tight and requires a flexible set-up on the car. Then you have the faster, more technical section from Signes until the last corner which is quite demanding on the tyres,” Ocon explained.
The Alpine F1 team driver currently stands at eighth place with 52 points whereas his teammate Fernando Alonso sits at 10th place with just 29 points.