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Haas' Komatsu Keen on Ocon for Upcoming Season

Komatsu Eyes Ocon for Haas Amid 2025 Contract Void

08/06/2024

Ayao Komatsu signals strong interest in securing Esteban Ocon for Haas F1 as the team plans its 2025 lineup.

Komatsu, Haas F1’s director, confirmed at a press conference in Montreal his interest in Esteban Ocon, the Alpine driver who is now officially without a contract for 2025.

When asked if the Japanese is ready to announce his duo, which could be made up of the Frenchman (if he does not sign with Audi F1) and Ollie Bearman, he agrees it is approaching.

“Yes, not too long, not immediately, but not too far either. Let’s say, yes, in a few weeks or months, I should say, to know the two drivers.”

This will be the first pair of drivers he will choose as team director. Does he have a clear idea of the type of duo he wants? Two experienced drivers? A mix of youth and experience?

“Yes. It’s clear in my mind but I’m not going to tell you. I mean, as a team, you know, we are growing. We are improving the team. So, it’s quite a dynamic situation, so I think the mix of good youth and experience to give us the benchmark would be quite an exciting combination.”

Is Esteban Ocon the favourite for this first seat?

“Esteban is a very good option for us, but there are also other drivers.”

“He is very experienced, he has already won a race and secured several podiums and scored a lot of points. He is a driver who wants to achieve good results, he is young for a new project and he could be the leader we are looking for to replace Nico Hülkenberg.”

Haas’ Komatsu Keen on Ocon for Upcoming Season. Haas’ Komatsu Keen on Ocon for Upcoming Season

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