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Esteban Ocon: “The Mexico weekend is good fun”

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Esteban Ocon - Racing Point Force India F1 Team - Circuit of the Americas
Credit: Racing Point Force India Formula 1 Team

Racing Point Force India F1 Team‘s Esteban Ocon is looking positive ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend, and considers the race to be “good fun.”

The Frenchman arrives in Mexico on the back of a disappointing outcome of the United States Grand Prix last weekend, where he was disqualified from eighth place for exceeding the maximum fuel flow level on the opening lap of the race at the Circuit of the Americas.  However, he is already focused on Mexico, the home race of team-mate Sergio Pérez.

“The Mexico weekend is good fun,” said Ocon.  “It’s a busy race for the team, of course, and we have quite a few events with partners during the week, so we get to see a bit of the city as well.  

“It’s Checo’s home race so the whole team is busy the moment we land!”

He said that the race is difficult due to the altitude difference.

“It’s a good track to drive, but it’s a tough one,” he said.  “You’re at very high altitude and this really affects the set up – it’s difficult to find a good balance.  

“The cars are set up with high downforce, but it feels like low downforce.  You lack grip and the car feels very slippery, especially at the start of the weekend, but you soon get used to it.”

Ocon said that many of the drivers consider the Mexico race to be one of the special ones on the calendar, and the home crowd’s passion for sport makes it one of a kind.

“The atmosphere when you get to the track is special.  Mexicans love sport and the passion they show for Formula 1 is incredible,” said Ocon.

“The best part is to drive in the stadium section when the grandstands are full.  I think all the drivers enjoy the buzz and emotions you get from such a massive crowd.”

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