Esteban Ocon felt the balance of his VJM11 improved throughout the day at the Hungaroring on Friday, with the Frenchman feeling that it was pretty close to where he wanted it to be by the time the second practice session ended.
Ocon had finished down in fifteenth position in the opening practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix but climbed into the top ten in the afternoon, ending tenth fastest, 1.927 seconds off the best time of the session set by Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver says driving around the Hungaroring in a Formula 1 car is ‘really special’, particularly when the car is working well beneath him.
“It’s been a decent day,” said Ocon. “There is still a lot of work to do before qualifying, but by the end of second practice we were getting close to a good car balance.
“I always enjoy driving here: the circuit is one of the highlights of the year and every lap makes me smile. It feels really special in a Formula 1 car and when the car is working underneath you it’s really good fun.”
Team-mate Sergio Pérez finished behind the Frenchman in both sessions, but the Mexican feels the team have done a lot of work to ensure they can be competitive during Saturday’s Qualifying session and Sunday’s race, the twelfth round of the season and the last race before the summer shutdown.
“It wasn’t the easiest session for me, but the most important job was collecting the tyre information, which we managed to achieve,” said Pérez. “Car balance and confidence are really important here, and we have room to improve before qualifying.
“I’m not worried if it becomes hotter tomorrow or Sunday because we’ve done our homework today.”