F1 return ‘a implausible feeling’ – Ocon
Esteban Ocon, who acquired his first outing within the 2019 Renault on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi tire take a look at, stated his return to Formulation 1 is “a implausible feeling!”
Renault opted to interchange Nico Hulkenberg with Ocon for 2020, with the Frenchman being launched from his Mercedes reserve driver function to start out work along with his new crew on Monday. The second day on the job concerned him testing at Yas Marina Circuit, and Ocon admits it was a particular feeling to get again behind the wheel after a 12 months away from racing in F1.
“It’s a implausible feeling to be again,” Ocon stated. “I used to be so excited for immediately — I’ve been ready for at the present time for months and eventually it occurred.
“It was an excellent first impression,” he addd. “The crew gave me a really heat welcome which is at all times very satisfying — seeing some outdated faces and a few new faces as effectively which is nice.
“Now we’ve begin work on all of the little particulars. In the direction of the tip of the afternoon, I began to get nearer and nearer to the restrict, so it feels good.”
Whereas the groups try to familiarize yourself with the 2020 Pirelli tire compounds, Ocon (who was eighth quickest general after 77 laps) admits his personal focus was merely on settling in at Renault.
“My fundamental focus was to get again up to the mark. It has been a while since I final drove, after all. Simply attempting to work on the massive particulars earlier than engaged on the small ones, and attempting to get a wise place within the automotive, too. As soon as we’d roughly accomplished that, (my job) was additionally to get a really feel for the automotive and the brand new tires.”
A particular reward from the crew for his first day on the brand new job. Picture by Andre/LAT
Ocon will drive once more on Wednesday and says he expects to have the ability to present higher suggestions after the work accomplished on the primary day of the take a look at.
“We acquired again up to the mark and we additionally labored on the tires. From what I bear in mind of 2018, it’s not far off, however I received’t go a lot into particulars. We’ve acquired good knowledge to research. I feel there shall be much more time for comparability tomorrow. In the present day we centered extra on quick runs than lengthy runs; tomorrow goes to be a bit extra on lengthy runs, I feel.
“(The automotive) felt good. Clearly there may be at all times so much you can enhance. The engine can also be one thing new for me since a few years in the past, and there was good energy. In fact, the stability — you at all times have to work on it, it’s by no means good. I feel we’ve a strong base that we are able to proceed tomorrow.”