It was a far from straightforward Turkish Grand Prix for Esteban Ocon as he heads to Bahrain full of motivation for a big result at an important time in the season.
What do you know about Bahrain?
Bahrain is a track that I first drove in 2015 in GP3 and a circuit I’ve driven quite regularly since then. I really enjoy driving there as it’s quite a complete circuit with plenty to offer. It’s also the first night race of the year and racing under the night sky and floodlights is always a great experience. It just gives you a sensation of speed even more to what we normally have in the day. As well as that, it’s going to be a lot hotter than what we’ve experienced recently, especially compared to Portimão and Turkey, where it was a lot cooler! It’s back to a more normal weekend in terms of the conditions.
What will the main challenges be this weekend?
It’s certainly a challenge for the cars and drivers racing in the heat. It’s going to be a little more conventional to have the tyres working back to normal and then it’s up to us to do the best on car set-up. Bahrain brings some great opportunities for overtaking and it’s also usually a great race for strategy, so let’s see what happens this weekend. Turn 1 is the best overtaking spot and Turn 4 is also pretty good. Overall, it’s a cool track, so I’m really looking forward to going there.
What is your mindset for the race?
I’m definitely feeling motivated after what happened at the last two races. I’ve said it doesn’t feel like we have too much luck on our side of the garage, but I believe it’s in our own hands to turn that around. There’s not much time to feel sorry for ourselves, so I’m determined to have a solid weekend and take some big points at a strategic time of the season.