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Esteban Ocon to Enter “War Mode” for 2024 After 2023’s “Wasted Opportunity” 

Alpine driver, Esteban Ocon, wants to focus completely on racing in 2024. ...

Alpine didn’t have an absolutely terrible car in 2023. It wasn’t a good car, but it wasn’t terrible. It showed on a few occasions that it could be competitive, but there was simply so much going on behind the scenes at Alpine that it meant the team were focused on things outside of racing. This is what Esteban Ocon means to eliminate when he switches to “war mode” in 2024.

Ocon had a few bright spots in 2023 like his podium in Monaco or his charge from 16th to 4th in Las Vegas, though felt that the year was a “wasted opportunity.” It is hard to disagree considering his slew of DNF’s across the season.

“I think there’s been some very good things, some very good opportunities that we took,” Ocon said about his season. “But the consistency overall hasn’t been there.

“And we had too many DNFs. That has cost us, I think it’s nine DNFs in total, probably the most of any drivers.

“If you remove the issue we had with the gearbox in Singapore, and the contact with Oscar [Piastri] in Austin, we could have been in the top 10 in the championship. So that’s why it’s a little bit of a wasted opportunity.”

The Frenchman will be focusing on racing far more than he was able to in 2023.

“From January 2 until the first test I will be back fully into training camp,” he said. “I’m going to be more doing the way I was doing it in 2022, which is no life, flat out, only racing. We’ve been doing a lot of different things and activations outside the track this year.

“That’s going to change next year. It’s back to war mode and fully focused on the racing side. Before that there’s going be the Christmas party of the team, there’s going be some simulator work.

“I’m going be able to have a couple of days seeing my family that I haven’t seen for a while. We’re going to have some good times with friends, with Mick [Schumacher], with all my friends in December as well, and then it’s fully focused on next year.”

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