Esteban Ocon: “I’m happy with my performance”

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Esteban Ocon is happy with his pace during Free Practice 1 for the German Grand Prix.

The development driver for Renault Sport Formula 1 Team has now completed his fourth session for the team after he replaced Jolyon Palmer for the opening practice session of the weekend. Ocon finished the session in twentieth with a time of 1:18.981, finishing only 0.048 seconds behind Kevin Magnussen.

The Frenchman managed to complete a total of thirty laps around the Hockenheimring and was 3.464 seconds off pacesetter Nico Rosberg. Even though Ocon had a brief issue with the power steering, he is still happy with his performance.

“We managed to go through all the test items we were supposed to do,” said Ocon. “I’m happy with my performance throughout the session.

“I was the same speed as Kevin which is very promising; I was quite pleased with that. We had a little issue with the power steering but didn’t lose much time because of that; I think it went well overall.”

Chief technical officer for the Enstone-based outfit, Bob Bell believes Renault completed a promising run programme, gathering all the information required to head into the rest of the weekend.

“A good day’s work,” said Bell. “We completed a promising run programme with plenty of laps from all three drivers.

“We finished pretty much all of our planned assessments which means we have all the information we require to make an educated decision on direction for qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.”