Esteban Ocon: “I have to keep pushing and keep learning”


Esteban Ocon - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Esteban Ocon had his second taste of 2016 Formula 1 machinery when he participated in free practice at Silverstone on Friday, and completed more laps than he did during his first outing in Spain.

The Frenchman replaced Kevin Magnussen in the Renault Sport F1 line-up for the session at the British track, and completed 31-laps in finishing nineteenth fastest, setting a best time of 1:35.980, finishing 1.193 seconds shy of team-mate Jolyon Palmer.

Ocon was happy with his performance, feeling he got close to his limits around the fast Silverstone circuit, and hopes for additional free practice outings later in the season.

“Overall it was a productive day for myself and for the team, who were happy with how the day went,” revealed Ocon. “We had a clean day and were able to run through all the procedures and the run plan as expected.

“I learnt a lot today – it was the first time I have driven the car on a very fast track and I felt like I was getting close to the limits in the high speed sections. It’s difficult to get right, but I have to keep pushing and keep learning.

“I’m looking forward to driving some more FP1 sessions and getting more experience.”