In the Grand Prix of Belgium, away from all the action and movement of the area medium-high grill, was the first race in Formula 1 Esteban Ocon. The French rider belongs to the generation of the Verstappen, Vandoorne, Wehrlein, Sainz… pilots called to assault the throne of the champions sooner rather than later. For now, the frenchman is content with competing in the last 9 races of 2016, with the modest equipment Manor.
And has done so in a circuit where his car had more leeway to show their skills. In Q1 overtook the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat and the Sauber Marcus Ericsson, and was a few tenths of a Q2 that if you stepped on your most suitable mate Pascal Wehrlein. In the race, Ocon fulfilled the objective of bringing the car to the finish, with the merit added to do it in a race with the first 10 turns complicated, and succeeded in ending in 16th and penultimate position, beating Felipe Nasr.
After his first Formula 1 race, Ocon shared his feelings in the first few laps, highlighting the difficulty of performing all the tasks that was supposed to perform at the wheel of his car:
“I Was very proud to be on the grill, and was very proud to see the checkered flag. Is a day that I will remember for the rest of my life. It has not been a single run, that’s for sure, but I am very satisfied with my first Grand Prix”.
“they Were going through a lot of things in the first round, it was crazy. It was difficult for me to stay away from all of this, and at the same time fight for position. If that weren’t enough, he also had to remember all the procedures. They are not difficult, but it is to remember in the heat of the moment, and everything happens much faster in the Formula-1″.
In terms of the race after the red flag, Ocon said to be happy with the end result, adding that had assimilated well the concepts of care of the machinery needed, and it was physically to the limit to his next engagement in Italy this week:
“it was Not easy to handle the situation of a red flag, but I am glad that Kevin seems to be fine, is the most important. We have given the maximum with the car, and I’m glad I finished 16th in front of the Sauber. I learned a lot about how to manage a career, in particular with all the different situations that were happening.”
“This circuit has so much degradation that is also a test very good care of the tire. I am Not tired, Icould do another 24 hours! But I guess I will have to wait a week. There is a lot to think about and ponder, but I’m ready for Monza. I want to work in the classification and give a good step forward”