Esteban Ocon: “Monaco is going to be a new experience for me”


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Esteban Ocon is looking forward to the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, as for him it’s a special place, with it being the closest thing he has to a home Grand Prix.

The Sahara Force India F1 driver achieved his best result at the Spanish Grand Prix, after finishing in fifth behind his team-mate Sergio Perez. This finish adds to his impressive form in his first full season in F1, as he has regularly remained within a couple of tenths of Perez, both in qualifying and the race. For Ocon, driving in Monaco will be a new experience, as he’s never raced there before.

With this in mind, the Frenchman has spent a lot of time in the simulator to be ready for Monaco, but there will still be a lot to learn during the practice sessions when he takes the VJM10 around the Monte Carlo street circuit.

“Driving in Monaco is going to be a new experience for me because I’ve never raced there before,” said Ocon. “I used to come and watch the Formula One races when I was young, but I never had the opportunity to race there.

“To get ready for Monaco, I’ve spent a lot of time in the simulator at our factory, but I still have a lot to learn during the practice sessions on Thursday. It’s a case of taking a step-by-step approach and getting to the limit gently. I normally enjoy street circuits and I am sure I can get up-to-speed quickly. This year Monaco is the closest thing I have to a home Grand Prix because it’s next door to France.

“It’s a very special place and I always feel a sense of history when I go there. The city is forever linked with Formula One and it’s currently the number one race of the year. For the drivers, it gives a big rush of adrenaline and it’s the same for the fans watching. Everybody knows it’s a big challenge.”