Ocon Predicts F1 Drivers Will Return to Compete in Le Mans

Esteban Ocon expressed interest in racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, highlighting the event’s allure to Formula 1 drivers and noting the potential for more F1 drivers to participate if one competes during the F1 season, while also praising Mick Schumacher’s involvement with Alpine’s endurance team.

Highlights

– ‣ Fernando Alonso has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, highlighting the event’s allure to Formula 1 drivers, with Esteban Ocon expressing interest in participating.
– ‣ Alpine unveiled their new Formula 1 car alongside their World Endurance Championship (WEC) hypercar, emphasizing the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a pinnacle event in the WEC season.
– ‣ Esteban Ocon is primarily focused on Formula 1 but is open to competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, suggesting a trend may develop where more F1 drivers participate if scheduling allows.
– ‣ Nico Hulkenberg, a former F1 driver, has successfully transitioned to Le Mans, winning the race, and Mick Schumacher, another former F1 driver, is set to compete for Alpine, bringing high expectations for the team’s performance.


Fernando Alonso? Oh, he tasted victory at Le Mans once. And Max Verstappen? He’s never hidden his eagerness to compete there. There’s a certain allure to the 24 Hours of Le Mans that captivates every racer’s heart. Yes, that includes the Formula 1 folks too.

Esteban Ocon recently joined the chorus, expressing his desire to tackle the legendary endurance race. Just last week, Alpine unveiled their latest marvels. They showcased their new Formula 1 beast alongside their contender for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. And, oh boy, the WEC hypercar is a sight to behold!

At the heart of the WEC, the 24 Hours of Le Mans stands as the crown jewel. When Ocon laid eyes on the hypercar, the question was inevitable: “Would you fancy a spin at Le Mans?”

## Ocon’s focus now is still on Formula 1

“Mega,” was Ocon’s immediate reaction. He then dove into a daydream about what it would take to make it happen. “The focus? It’s 2000 percent on Formula 1,” he admitted. But he’s got this theory: “If just one F1 driver jumps into Le Mans mid-season, it’ll open the floodgates. I’m here for it, waiting to see how it all unfolds,” Ocon mused.

Remember Nico Hulkenberg? He was the last F1 driver to dip his toes into Le Mans waters. And guess what? He didn’t just participate; he won. This year’s Le Mans will see former F1 talents hitting the track. Mick Schumacher, for instance, is suiting up for Alpine.

“It’s a big deal for the Alpine endurance team to snag Mick,” Ocon couldn’t hide his excitement. “The guy’s a bundle of talent, experience, and expertise. With him on board, I’m really rooting for a win at Le Mans this year,” he added, hope coloring his tone.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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