More in hand - Q&A with Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon drove strongly to climb his way from twelfth on the grid to eighth in Monza. Now it’s time to switch virtual Mugello laps on his home simulator to real ones as he gets ready for the Tuscan Grand Prix.

Is Mugello new to you?
Mugello looks like a fantastic track for pure pace. I don’t have any experience racing there as I’ve not driven it for real. From what I’ve seen on my home simulator it looks a massive challenge for the car, the driver and especially the tyres, which will be critical to manage throughout. I’ve driven a lot of laps there on the simulator and it has a nice combination of corners, some quick ones, which will be mega impressive in the current cars. I think it will be medium to high downforce with a lot tyre degradation. We’ll have a sore neck, so that’s something to keep in mind during the preparation.

Have you watched other racing series there?
I’ve watched MotoGP on TV and I think it’s their top speed of the year, which is impressive. For them, every corner is a challenge, but for us, I think some of the corners where MotoGP is high-speed and having to manage, F1 should be flat out, so it will be quite cool to see. Qualifying is going to be very fast and exciting.

How do you evaluate the Italian race?
I’m pleased we continued our points scoring run during this triple header. Of course, as a driver, you always want more, and we’ll be continuing to work to make sure we’re well prepared for this weekend. I’m happy with how the race went, we made overtakes, we showed solid pace, so we’ll push for better for this next one.