Esteban Ocon has shared his thoughts on a successful first day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Friday at the Yas Marina Circuit was surely a good day for Alpine – Fernando Alonso finished 6th in both practice sessions, while Ocon was 2nd in FP2. The Frenchman was happy with the Friday performance but admitted that they need to be as fast on Saturday.

“Well, it’s only Friday, so, you know it’s a good sign for sure. We have both cars into the top 10 quite easily in that session, so that feels good, but the important [thing] is to be in there tomorrow when it counts, so today has been fun for sure, we had a good time, it’s nice to see ourselves on the top as well, but yes. We need to push hard tomorrow,” Ocon said.

“It was very exciting to relearn the track. I mean, Abu Dhabi is like a home of Formula 1 – we know the track so well, we test here a lot – and to revisit it like this has been interesting and I think it brings spice to it,” he added.

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