Coming together - Q&A with Esteban Ocon

It was a return to the points in Russia for Esteban Ocon with a solid seventh place finish. Races are coming thick and fast as the Championship battle grows closer; next stop: the Nürburgring.

Have you raced at the Nürburgring?
I’ve only raced at the Nürburgring a couple of times during my junior career. I remember driving there in Formula Renault Eurocup in 2012 and I also did a couple of one-off Formula Renault NEC events in 2013, one of them was at the Nürburgring and I was on the podium! The last time I raced there was in 2014 in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship and I was third in one of the races.

What’s there to consider on a lap?
Turn 1 is quite a challenge and it’s a good overtaking spot. There are a few ways of taking it as it’s a wide hairpin and not an easy one to get right. Sector 2 is fun with the Schumacher curve, uphill, fast left-right and then a second fairly high-speed left-right. The final sector has the straight into the chicane and then the final right-hander across the line. It’s going to be fast and fun in a modern Formula 1 car. It’s back to a more normal type of circuit and more of what we’re used to. While it’s new again to the calendar, most teams and drivers have some experience of the track so, in a way, it should be more straightforward than Mugello and Portimao. I’m happy Nürburgring is back, it’s great news as I like racing in Germany. I have the track on my simulator at home and I will practice everything I can.

How interesting could the weather be at this time of the year?
The weather in north Europe at the moment can be cold and wet. We’ll see what happens, but I think we can be ready for all conditions. It’s going to be completely different for the tyres and making sure they are up to temperature for the car set-up. If it rains, then we know what we’re capable of achieving. The car was good at testing in the rain and then in Austria in qualifying. Rain or dry, we’ll be looking to do a good job and make sure we continue this run of form and have our say in the championship.