Esteban Ocon: “I’m happy with my time in the car”

Esteban Ocon - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Esteban Ocon completed his third free practice session with the Renault Sport F1 team at the Hungaroring on Friday, and felt it was a positive session for the Frenchman.

The 2015 GP3 Series champion and current DTM Series star replaced Dane Kevin Magnussen for the opening practice, and completed twenty-eight laps of the Hungarian circuit, finishing eighteenth quickest with a time of 1:25.260, 3.913 seconds behind pacesetter Lewis Hamilton, but well clear of team-mate Jolyon Palmer who was compromised throughout the session by a fuel pressure problem.

The Mercedes-protégé was hopeful that the feedback he provided back to his Renault engineers was useful as he worked through a good on-track programme before handing the car back over to Magnussen for the second session.

“It was good to get some time in the car here and it’s a great track,” said Ocon. “It was pretty slippery when it was damp at the beginning of the session but we were able to run through a good programme.

“I’m happy with my time in the car and I was able to give the engineers what was hopefully good feedback.”