Ocon to participate in Hungaroring Free Practice


Esteban Ocon - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Esteban Ocon will participate in his third free practice session of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix for the Renault Sport F1 team.

The 2015 GP3 Series champion and current DTM Series star will take to the track at the Hungaroring after previous free practice sessions at both the Circuit de Catalunya and Silverstone earlier this year.

The Frenchman has also participated in the post-British Grand Prix test with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team, and Renault Team Principal Frederic Vasseur joked about what secrets Ocon could tell the team.

“Esteban drove for us in FP1 in Silverstone then he was kept busy by AMG Mercedes for two days of testing at Silverstone so we’ll be checking what he’s allowed to tell us about that experience!” said Vasseur.

“The plan is for him to drive again in FP1 in Hungary as part of his season-long programme. ”

Vasseur confirmed that the teams development focus is primarily set on their 2017 machine, but insists work is still being done to try and salvage something from their disappointing RS16 that has only one points finish so far in the first ten races of the season.

“We have updates still to come for this season but it’s true that much of our development focus is on 2017,” said Vasseur. “We had plenty of parts to bring performance to this year’s car at the Silverstone test and if it wasn’t for the weather we would have been running a lot more evaluations there.

“This year is all about developing the team, maintaining focus and getting all the details in place to be able to deliver once we have achieved the stronger performance that we’re all working towards. We are still fighting for every position on track at every race we attend.

“The positive thing is that even though the results are not coming at the moment, the team is still positive. Everyone is working hard and wanting to get to where we can deliver results. It is a team of racers both at Enstone and Viry. We will get where we need to be .”