Esteban Ocon: “I can see we are making progress compared to last week”

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Esteban Ocon impressively drove over two race distances on day five of pre-season testing, completing a total of 142 laps, and ending the day sixth fastest overall.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team were able to complete their entire run plan without the VJM10 putting a single foot wrong. The team directed most of their attention to race weekend procedures as Ocon only has one more day in the car before the season begins at the Australian Grand Prix.

“I am very happy with our work today,” he said. “To complete more than 140 laps without issues is a good effort and allowed us to cover a lot of ground.

“We did some long stints and also some performance runs, which were very interesting: we kept working on both the chassis and the tyres, but we managed to include aero and engine work too.”

The team were extremely happy with the data gathered during last week’s testing and hope that this week will prove to be as fruitful. And Ocon himself shared how he can see and feel the progress each time he ventures back out on to the track.

“I can see we are making progress compared to last week: every time we go out we get to try new solutions and I feel we are moving in the right direction,” he added.