Este­ban Ocon

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Ocon ended the sea­son with fewer points than team-mate Ser­gio Perez, but over­all he had a small per­for­mance ad­van­tage for the ma­jor­ity of the sea­son. His mis­judge­ment in try­ing to bat­tle with Raikko­nen in

Baku ex­plains the gap be­tween the two in the cham­pi­onship.

Monaco per­haps epit­o­mised what Ocon is ca­pa­ble of – he took what was not the fourth-fastest car to ‘Class B’ vic­tory after a great qual­i­fy­ing lap that put him ahead of quicker ma­chin­ery. There were plenty of other strong per­for­mances – Aus­tria, Bri­tain, Bel­gium, Italy, the USA; all stand out and en­sured Mercedes sees Ocon as a le­git­i­mate con­tender to suc­ceed Bot­tas. In fact, had the team taken its driver de­ci­sion later, per­haps Ocon’s form might have changed the out­come.

There were a few care­less mo­ments beyond Baku. Los­ing his front wing on the first lap in Mex­ico and hit­ting Ver­stap­pen in Brazil were costly, lead­ing to sus­pi­cions that he may have been try­ing a lit­tle too hard late on given his lack of a 2019 drive.

But ranged against that there was also some good sense at play, no­tably when he backed out of a po­ten­tial move for the lead at the start at Spa that could have re­sulted in a col­li­sion.

It’s a trav­esty that Ocon will not be on the grid at the start of next sea­son, but there is surely no doubt that he will be back in

For­mula 1 soon enough. He is too good to be left on the side­lines and this must not be the end for him in F1.

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