Esteban Ocon: “I didn’t want the day to end”

Esteban Ocon was thankful to the Sahara Force India team for allowing him a second day in the VJM08 during the post-Austrian Grand Prix test at the Red Bull Ring on Tuesday.

The current GP3 Series star completed 76 laps in mixed conditions in Austria, running on slick, intermediate and full wet tyres, and felt the car had improved significantly since he first experienced it back at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain last month.

“It’s been a mega day and thank you to Sahara Force India for the opportunity once again,” revealed Ocon. “It was a shame that we had so much rain this morning, but I’m happy that we were able to run late into the evening.

“The car was brilliant today – very enjoyable to drive and I noticed how much it had improved compared to the last time I drove in Barcelona. On days like this you learn so much because mileage in a Formula One car is so precious and I was able to test in both the wet and the dry.

“I didn’t want the day to end because it was such a fantastic experience to work with the engineers and the whole team. Thank you to everyone for the experience once again.”