Esteban Ocon is optimistic that the recent $218 million investment in Alpine by a group of investors, including Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds, can propel the Formula One team to become a regular race-winning operation. Otro Capital and RedBird Capital Partners have acquired a 24% equity stake in Renault-owned Alpine, valuing the team at approximately $900 million. Reynolds, famous for his role in the ‘Deadpool’ franchise, and Rob McElhenney have gained attention for their ownership of English Football League club Wrexham and the Disney+ docuseries ‘Welcome to Wrexham’. Ocon, who secured Alpine‘s first race win at the Hungarian Grand Prix and a podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, expressed his excitement about the involvement of these high-profile individuals in the investment. He even revealed plans to visit Reynolds on the set of the upcoming ‘Deadpool’ movie, highlighting the actor’s inspiring nature and entrepreneurial talents.
“We know where we want to take the team, we want to take the team up there, to be fighting for podiums, for wins, as soon as possible,” Ocon declared, emphasizing Alpine‘s serious aspirations. This investment signifies the team’s commitment to reaching the pinnacle of Formula One. Although Alpine had set a four-year plan to become champions when it rebranded from Renault in 2021, their progress towards this goal has been limited, despite Ocon‘s victory in Hungary. Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi acknowledged that Aston Martin‘s impressive turnaround from seventh place last year to a regular podium contender in 2023 served as a reality check for his team, prompting them to act swiftly. Ocon echoed this sentiment, expressing his desire to quickly follow a similar trajectory and fight for top positions. With the aim of fighting for wins and podium finishes, the investment and the involvement of Reynolds and his team provide Alpine with essential assets to accomplish their goals.