Esteban Ocon’s Styrian Grand Prix may have ended early, but the French driver heads to Hungary with confidence as he gears up to tackle his favourite circuit on the 2020 calendar.
How much do you enjoy racing in Hungary?
I definitely love Budapest and it’s actually one of my favourite tracks. It’s fantastic to drive, especially when you get the car set up to how you want it. I have some really good memories there from Formula 3, when I took three pole positions and won two of the three races. I’ve also been confident there in Formula 1 but maybe without the results to show for it. We showed good pace in Austria this year and hopefully we can take that forward to Hungary. We’re getting better but we know it’s points on the board that counts.
What should you look out for on a lap there?
I love the flow of the Hungaroring; it’s twisty and fast and just a lot of fun. The first sector contains the long straight into Turn 1 with overtaking opportunities and then again at Turn 2 where you can also make a pass. Turn 4 is quick and blind but really nice when you get it right. The middle sector is very much medium to fast corners with the chicane the only exception. You need to find a good flow through there and piece all the corners together to make up lap-time. The tricky part of the lap is the final couple of corners. The tyres get very hot, meaning less grip, so you have to be quite mindful there.
How do you aim to bounce back after last weekend’s retirement?
We’re all very disappointed with what happened in the race. It took a big team effort on Saturday to put ourselves in a good position and we were running in a decent place during the race. It’s a shame but that’s motorsport sometimes. With the races coming one after the other, it does bring an immediate opportunity to comeback stronger and do our best for a good result. I’m confident we can do that.