Having impressed many so far in his first full season of Formula 1, Esteban Ocon looks forward to racing in his first British Grand Prix this weekend at Silverstone for Sahara Force India, but believes the 2017 Formula 1 cars will make some of the circuit’s corners “especially crazy”.
“I am very excited about racing in my first British Grand Prix,” says Ocon, “Silverstone has a special atmosphere: there is always a big crowd, everyone is coming here to show their support and enjoy one of the best races of the season and it’s really exciting.”
While Ocon has raced at Silverstone before in lower formula, the 2017 Formula 1 car, with its high downforce and wider tyres are likely to make Silverstone an extra special challenge but Ocon is ready and raring to go.
“I can’t wait for the race. The track is great: I like the combination of fast corners, especially Maggots and Becketts. Those corners are awesome. In this year’s cars they’re going to be especially crazy.
“I have some very good memories from racing Formula 3 in Silverstone. I was on pole, got three podiums and won a race: it was the first event of the season and the results gave me so much confidence for the rest of the championship.
Not only will it be Ocon’s first Formula 1 race around Silverstone but it will also be his first time racing in front of the teams’ home crowd, but Ocon says he is looking forward to it.
“Our team headquarters are just across the road, so the race feels extra special for us. It’s a home race and the chance to see everyone who works at the factory all year.
“It’s also where we have our Fan Zone at the Woodlands Campsite. I am looking forward to going there on Saturday night and meeting everyone who has come to support us.”