Force India’s Esteban Ocon is looking to put a strong result under his belt in Hungary before Formula 1 takes off for its well-deserved summer break.
The French driver – who is currently the subject of much speculation on the driver market, with pundits anticipating a move to Renault for 2019 – scored points in the last three races, and is determined to keep himself in the top-10 at a venue he particularly appreciates.
“I want to go on holiday on a high and I am happy the final race before the break is on one of my favourite tracks,” said the 21-year-old.
“Budapest is one of the races that I enjoy the most and it’s always a good weekend for me.
“The city is beautiful and there are a lot of fans there, but my highlight is the circuit itself. I fell in love with it the first time I drove on it.”
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The Hungaroring tight and twisty lay-out offers drivers a few challenges, with flowing consistency required. Fittingly, that’s right Mr. Oconsistency’s alley.
“The track is quite narrow, but it’s still very fast. There are a lot of quick changes of direction and the corners come one after the other with no chance to catch a breath,” he explains.
“That’s what I really like about it – you need to keep pushing all the time and make the most of the sequences of corners. You need to have a good rhythm there and if you make a mistake, you pay for it in the corners that follow.”
After Hungary, Ocon insists his summer break won’t just be about leading a leisurely life for a couple of weeks.
“It will be nice to have a bit of time off after Budapest. I am looking forward to a nice holiday with my friends, but I am going to train hard as well.
“I am going back to my training camp in the Pyrenees so there will be a little bit of holiday and a lot of work!”
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