Esteban Ocon: “We have a big job to do for the team”


Esteban Ocon - Credit: Manor Racing

Esteban Ocon is hoping the issues that blighted his Mexican Grand Prix weekend have been sorted ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace as he looks to return to form.

The Frenchman struggled with an unknown balance issue at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but the Manor Racing MRT star is looking for a strong performance in Brazil as he bids to help the Banbury-based team keep ahead of the Sauber F1 Team in the Constructors’ Championship.

“The first thing for me is to make sure we have managed to dial-out the problem we had in Mexico, as it affected my whole weekend,” said Ocon. “I’m really hoping we can start from our usual good baseline again and I can focus on building my performance through the weekend.

“A more representative progression and hopefully a more representative result to go with it. Plus, we have a big job to do for the team in the next two races, so we need to keep pushing and find more performance to help us keep up the fight with Sauber.”

Ocon is expecting the weather in Brazil to come into play, after witnessing thunderstorms at the circuit in the past, and the newly-confirmed 2017 Sahara Force India F1 Team racer is expecting another exciting race weekend.

“I’ve watched some fantastic racing here over the years and in particular the weather has played a big hand in that,” said Ocon. “I’ve already witnessed my first São Paulo thunderstorm – and I think there are plenty more where that one came from.

“It’s an exciting track to drive and a nice one to try to master, with all the elevation changes, the harder spectrum tyres and finding the best set-up to manage the aero demands for this circuit.”