Force India believe that in Esteban Ocon they have a driver that is “every bit as good” as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Although much of the focus in Formula 1 has been on Verstappen and his sensational drives, Ocon demonstrated in his first year that he too could be a force to be reckoned with.

The Frenchman made his debut in 2017 with Force India, scoring points in his very first race.

That, though, was just the start.

He finished inside the top ten in all but two races and didn’t retire from a single event until the penultimate grand prix of the season in Brazil.

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