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Esteban Ocon says Renault engine best he has had so far

Esteban Ocon at the Bahrain GP. Credits: Alpine F1 Team.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon reckons he has a good chance of finishing in the midfield this year.

In his second season with the French racing team, Ocon believes he will drive the best engine of his career this year: “I think it is the best power unit so far that I have run in my whole career.”

He added: “I think it is a step forward definitely. The team has worked on some areas and we have seen already in pre-season testing it was a step better. The rules are different but haven’t changed so much, so the teams have new ideas and new thoughts behind what they do. It is hard to compare with the other ones.”

A small note: Ocon was a test driver for Mercedes and Force India, now: Aston Martin.

Fernando Alonso is also pleased with the new power unit.

“I think power unit comparisons are always difficult to make because it is not only the power of the engine, the regulations have changed slightly, like the constant engine mode for qualifying and the race, which was introduced last year. There are always different things to compare. But what I can say is that we are already happy at Alpine with the power unit we have this year.”

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