it Is usual to Force India to start the weekend in a more discreet and, as you go through the Grand Prize, you find your rhythm and become more competitive in every session.
we may see something similar this weekend at the Hungaroring, but at the moment Renault, McLaren and Toro Rosso seem to have a point more of speed. In any case, its pilots have been satisfied by the performance of the car, while Esteban Ocon has been the most comfortable he has felt, despite having played only the second session.
His replacement in the first has been Alfonso Celis, mexican pilot that acts as a reserve team and that has been present in several practice sessions this season and the previous one. “at The start of the session I found the car a bit unbalanced and difficult to drive. The changes made in the second part helped me to have more confidence. It is fantastic to be back in the car after a couple of runs because it allows me to feel how it is improving. Even from Austria, the car keeps going for the better”, said a Alfonso Celis who managed the 17th best time in the first session.
Celis has suffered one of the evils most common of inexperienced pilots: the management of the temperature of the tires. “there has Not been a session easy with the red flags coming at the worst time. When I finally had the option of doing a lap, I had to keep the tires in the proper window of temperature”.
Alfonso Celis has become a regular Force India on the Friday of Grand Prix.
Sergio Pérez, for its part, has maintained a uniform profile in which the times refers, achieving the twelfth best time in the two sessions of the day at the Hungaroring. “It’s very tough to overtake here, so you will need to put a lot of emphasis on the classification. I have not been at all comfortable with the balance of the car so far, but I’m confident in aunarlo everything and be in a position to challenge the top ten”.
Our race pace is promising, but I think that there is still much room for improvement
Perez relies a lot on the race pace of Force India, but considered that even you can extract more of the car in qualifying conditions. “Our race pace is promising, but I think that there is still much to find in terms of performance. The track improved a lot in the afternoon, but still had quite a lot of wind which made things a bit complicated”.
Esteban Ocon is reaching maturity at a feverish pace in the Force India.
Who was found as a fish in the water has been Esteban Ocon, which has compensated for its absence in the first session with the connection that the French have with this track, which has always been very competitive. “I Was in the car for the afternoon and I think I adapted very quickly, I found a good rhythm and I finished the day feeling comfortable in the car. It is clear that there is work to be done to find more performance, but we have worked very hard and we know where do need to improve”.
The changes in some pianos do not allow to attack both the curves and that is something that Ocon does not have liked it, but acknowledges that this does not prevent him from continue to enjoy this circuit. “they Have changed the pianos this year and has influenced a little of the character of the circuit. He preferred the former, but it is still an awesome track that I enjoy riding”.