Interestingly, his career has taken a similar path to both Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, as they competed together from karting through Formula 3.
But the rivalry between Ocon and Verstappen traces back to their early days on the track, with their controversial collision in Brazil in 2019 marking a significant moment.
Although Ocon clinched the Formula 3 championship while Verstappen embarked on his single-seater career, the Frenchman has expressed a desire, in an exclusive interview with RacingNews365, to engage in more competition with his former rivals.
Ocon: My time will come
"It is a pain, for sure" Ocon said. "But I'm working still as if we are going for wins and podiums after every weekend.
"You have to re-adjust your target and my target is to get the best out of the car every race weekend.
"I believe if I work hard and do well on the track then my time will come. One day I will have a car that I can compete in for championships and wins.
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