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Ocon, a successful rookie


t isn't easy to see a driver prevail at the end of his rookie


Esteban Ocon

was able to win the extremely tough

FIA F.3 European championship at his first try, driving a

Mercedes-powered Dallara for Italian squad Prema Powerteam

and beating Tom Blomqvist and Max Verstappen. A Frenchman

of Spanish descent, Ocon has been bred by the Junior Lotus

program since his karting days, he was off to a phenomenal

year. Coming from the F.Renault 2.0 where he proved stunning

in the first two years, Ocon quickly adapted to the driving style

required by a Formula 3 Dallara by working in an analytical

fashion while being precise in testing, quick in qualifying

condition and almost impossible to tame in terms of race pace.

In the 33 races he entered, Ocon won nine times but made the

difference with the 18 other points finishes he gathered

throughout the season. The total, including the wins, go up to

27, an exceptional number. He cruised to title with one round

to spare and also entered the international Macau Grand Prix.

Unfortunately, he was involved in a contact with Blomqvist and

forced to retire. Now Ocon is ready to join the GP2 Series with

the Dams Renault-powered Dallara. At Abu Dhabi, he was one of

the fastest guys on-track in collective testing, and at the

middle eastern track he also had the chance to drive a Formula

1 Lotus. Just a few weeks earlier, he had sampled a 2012

Formua 1 Ferrari at Fiorano as an award for his European FIA

Formula 3 title.

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