Esteban Ocon is hoping to end the 2018 season on a positive despite an underwhelming past few races.
In Brazil, almost a fortnight ago, Ocon was involved in a contentious collision with race leader Max Verstappen while he attempted to un-lap himself.
The Racing Point Force India F1 Team sit 14 points behind the McLaren F1 Team in the battle for sixth place in the constructor standings heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“It’s always a bittersweet feeling when you get to the end of the season, but the main motivation is to finish on a high, especially when there is so much at stake in the championship,” said Ocon.
The Frenchman, who looks certain to miss out on a race seat in 2019 following Williams Martini Racing’s announcement of Robert Kubica, has showcased his talent throughout the year, but has not been happy with his final few races.
The final setting for this season, Abu Dhabi and the Yas Marinia Circuit, has been the setting for a lot of the success that has got Ocon to this point.
“The last couple of races have been very disappointing, but there’s still one last chance to score a good result before the end of the year,” he added.
“I have a lot of good memories from Abu Dhabi: it’s the place where I first drove during a Formula One weekend and I was crowned GP3 champion there.”
Off-track, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport junior Ocon is fond of Abu Dhabi and will look to make the most of the concluding race weekend.
“Abu Dhabi is always good fun. We travel there when it’s getting cold in Europe so it feels a bit like you’re going on a holiday. It’s a wonderful paddock too – one of the best – and I always feel very relaxed there.”