Esteban Ocon wants to start everything from the clean sheet after challenging two weekends in Austria.
Both Styrian and Austrian GP were very difficult for Alpine’s driver Ocon – he got eliminated from Q1 on both occasions and failed to score points in these races as well. One of the reasons for the Frenchman’s poor performance at Red Bull Ring could have been issues with the car as he had lost too much time comparing to his teammate Fernando Alonso.
“The balance felt actually fine. Once I finished a lap, I felt like it was a good lap on that second of Q1 and I was pretty pleased with how it went. Maybe half a tenth I could have gained, but that’s all about it, to be fair,” Ocon said.
“So that’s where it starts to be difficult when you don’t spot exactly what the issue is and then the lap time deficit is so big on such a small track. So we need to keep digging in and keep staying together to go through this period as quickly as possible.”
The no.31 car driver also admitted that he would like to have a significant number of changes to his A521 car.
“We’ll start as fresh as we can be because obviously the deficit and the performance that we had was not good enough this weekend and last weekend,” Ocon commented. “The maximum possible [change to the car] would be very welcome.”
“I will have a chat with the team and see what’s possible to do. But the more things we can change, the better it would be. Then it’s one doubtless,” he added.