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F1 2016 Driver Review: Esteban Ocon

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Esteban Ocon

Team: Manor
Car No.: 31
Races: 9
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: 12th (Brazil)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 23rd

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Esteban Ocon finally got the Formula 1 break he deserved for the second half of the 2016 season, stepping in when Rio Haryanto’s backing fell through. The step from GP3 to F1 was a big one, yet the Frenchman managed it with aplomb.

Ocon quickly got up to pace with teammate Pascal Wehrlein and even ran close to scoring points in Brazil, spending more of the race inside the top 10 than out of it. His quality was such that Force India opted to pass over the more senior Mercedes junior, Wehrlein, for its 2017 seat.

Ocon made a big impression in a short amount of time this year, arriving as just the latest bright, young talent on the grid.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Ocon finished all eight of his starts after his midseason call-up, and probably deserved a point or two in the rain in Brazil. He was generally impressive against Pascal Wehrlein and made a positive impact on the paddock.

The young Frenchman should be one to watch next year with Force India in his first full season.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.