Esteban Ocon: “I just want to go racing!”

Esteban Ocon completed 137 laps on Thursday in Spain - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Esteban Ocon admits he cannot wait for the new Formula 1 season to get underway after ending his final day of testing third fastest on Thursday.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver completed 137 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, setting a best time of 1:20.161 to finish behind only Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, and felt it was a positive day and test for the Frenchman.

“It has been a big day in the car and I am really happy with what we achieved,” said Ocon. “We did some shorter runs in the morning and longer stints in the afternoon, and by the end of the day I was happy with how the car felt.”

Ocon felt progress has been made with the VJM10 during pre-season testing, and cannot wait for his next opportunity in the car, which will come when the season gets underway in Australia in two weeks time.

“I was satisfied with our pace and I think we’ve made really good progress with understanding the VJM10,” said Ocon.

“The next time I will be in the car is in Melbourne and I am really excited about the start of the season. It’s been a busy winter with lots of hard work behind the scenes and now I just want to go racing!”