Esteban Ocon has spoken about the factor that made an impact on his pace during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The Alpine driver had an impressive race at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. He had good restarts and was running in 3rd for the majority of the race. However, Ocon was passed by Valtteri Bottas right in front of the finish line.
After the race, the Frenchman revealed that he made a couple of contacts, which caused damage to the floor and made him slower on the final laps, costing him a podium spot.
“We suddenly lost quite a lot of performance in the last two laps,” Ocon explained.
“There had been quite a lot of contact in that race. In the first start, there was some contact with [Yuki] Tsunoda, and then there was the contact with Lewis [Hamilton, at the second restart].”
“So we lost a big chunk of the floor two laps from the end, and I was quite a lot slower. I lost quite a lot of my rear grip and I thought it was just my tire degradation going.”
“So I had to use a lot of our battery to keep Valtteri behind. And then, arriving to the flag, we basically derated so we had no hybrid left. That’s why we couldn’t keep him more behind. It’s a shame that we lost that performance in the last two laps but we can’t have everything obviously.”