The Frenchman appears to be like set to steer the Alpine crew in 2023, following the departure of Alonso to Aston Martin.
However whereas Ocon is raved about by his crew, which has dedicated to him till the top of 2024, he’s conscious that these exterior the squad typically fail to recognise the job he’s doing.
For he reckons that having proven so strongly in opposition to Alonso, which included his maiden win in Hungary final yr, solely Lewis Hamilton has achieved higher than him as a team-mate to the Spaniard.
Chatting with Autosport about his repute inside the paddock, Ocon mentioned: “I do not learn every part that’s mentioned about me, however I hope that after I do one thing good, it’s reported as such, and that others can get an thought.
“However it’s true that there are some individuals who say to me ‘ah, I did not discover your qualifying at Spa’, or ‘I forgot you gained final yr’. I admit that I discover it a bit unusual.
“Ultimately in qualifying, in contrast with Fernando, it’s 9/7 to him, however I’ve a number of extra factors within the standings (Ocon has 66 in comparison with Alonso’s 59). Final yr, if we discuss qualifying, we completed the season in a draw: 11 to 11.
“If I have a look at Fernando’s profession, the one team-mate at his stage was Lewis. Everybody else has not achieved higher than me.
“Personally I really feel that I’m doing a superb job, sure. So it’s a bit unusual at occasions to see that on the surface there are those that understand in a barely completely different method.”
Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Workforce, Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 Workforce,
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Ocon says he now smiles when he remembers the variety of occasions he was advised that his F1 profession can be killed off going up in opposition to Alonso – which makes him particularly proud that he has come out of their time collectively trying so good.
Requested in regards to the doomsday predictions, Ocon mentioned: “Yeah, I heard it too, however I am nonetheless right here, proper?
“It’s a good comparability from the place we began final yr, each in qualifying and within the races. Fernando may be very, very quick. I do not suppose he has something to show to anybody. To those that say if I’ve realized from Fernando, I reply ‘actually’. However I hope that he too might have realized one thing from me.”
Whereas Ocon is completely satisfied along with his profession development in F1, and excited in regards to the subsequent two years at Alpine, he is aware of that he can not afford to sit down again and imagine his place on the grid is assured.
He cites the instance of Daniel Ricciardo, who may very well be dealing with a yr on the sidelines in 2023 on the again of two tough seasons at McLaren.
“I perceive that there’s nothing assured in System 1,” he mentioned. “Even when you have gained a race, even when you have stood as much as a double world champion like Fernando, you aren’t positive of getting a assured future.
“We’ve got the instance of Daniel. Two years in the past, he was within the top-driver group and as we speak he would not have the assure of a seat for subsequent season. You will need to all the time be on the high, and remember to by no means hand over.”