Ocon to split with Alpine at the end of the season

Esteban Ocon is to leave Alpine at the end of the year after five seasons with the French team.
The move comes in the wake of Ocon angering team principal Bruno Famin by crashing with team-mate Pierre Gasly on the first lap of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ocon said: “We have had some great moments together, some tough moments as well, and I am grateful to everyone at the team for these memorable times.”

Famin said: “We have celebrated some fantastic moments together.

“We still have 16 races to complete in 2024 together with a clear objective: to continue to work tirelessly as a team to push for the best on-track results.

Alpine and Ocon represented their split as a mutual decision in a joint statement, saying the move had been “agreed together”.

Famin said on French television after the Monaco race that there would be “consequences” for the collision.

And while it would be inaccurate to say that it was the direct cause of the split between team and driver that has been announced eight days later, because the pair have been discussing their future for months, the Monaco incident did effectively finalise a direction of travel that was already set.