Ocon hoping for another strong result at “favourite track of the year”


Esteban Ocon - Sahara Force India F1 Team. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sahara Force India F1 Team driver Esteban Ocon considers the Hungaroring in Budapest to be the best circuit on the F1 calendar, because he loves that you can really attack the course, and has some fond memories of achieving some fantastic results there during his junior career.

“I love Budapest and the Hungaroring. It’s my favourite track of the year.

“I had a special weekend there when I was racing in Formula 3 with two wins and a second place, and a double podium in GP3.

“It’s just a track that’s very satisfying to drive. When you get into the rhythm, it feels great because you can really lean on the car and attack the kerbs. It’s a circuit that suits me as a driver, and my driving style.”

In what has been a pretty action-packed season so far for the Frenchman, especially in regards to the battles involving team-mate Sergio Perez, Ocon is most definitely ready for the upcoming summer break, which follows the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“I’m looking forward to the break and the chance to recharge my batteries. It’s been such a busy season and I’m ready to take a few weeks to catch my breath.”

With half the season already completed, Ocon feels that his first full-time year in F1 has gone well so far, and is confident that he and the team will only get better as the year rolls on.

“I have to say I’m very happy with how things have gone since I joined the team. I feel stronger with every race and I think there is even more potential in the second half of the year.”

The Frenchman has his sights set on at least a podium during the remainder of the season, but above all scoring points at every race weekend is his main goal right now.

“My objective is still to try to get a podium, but the priority is to keep picking up the points in every race – that’s what we need as a team. We just need to keep being consistent.”