Montreal a learning curve for Esteban Ocon


Montreal will be a learning curve for Esteban Ocon this weekend Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Esteban Ocon wants to get back to scoring points at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, after bad luck in Monaco saw him fail to reach the top ten for the first time this season.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver finished the Monaco Grand Prix in twelfth, ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez. This was the first time this season that Ocon failed to score points for the Silverstone-based outfit. An unscheduled pit stop was forced on Ocon after a puncture occurred on his VJM10, just three laps after his planned stop.

Despite having never raced at Montreal, the Frenchman is looking forward to the Grand Prix and he is hopeful of getting back to scoring points, with a car that is getting better with each race.

“Montreal is another new track for me so I’m going to be on the learning curve on Friday,” said Ocon. “I know the lap from playing video games and being on the simulator, and I’ve always liked the circuit characteristics.

“Although I haven’t driven in Montreal, I know the place already from my visit last year. It’s definitely a cool event because everybody in the city supports the race and Canada really loves Formula One. It feels like a big party in the streets, especially on the Saturday night.

“After the bad luck in Monaco I want to get back to scoring points in Montreal. The car is getting better with each race and I think I’m fully up-to-speed now. I’m really happy with the team and the way we work together – we’ve already built up a good understanding and they know what I need from the car.”