It was an unfortunate retirement in Imola for Esteban Ocon who is more than determined to bounce back in Turkey. The Frenchman has never raced at Istanbul Park but goes there ready to give it his all.
What do you know about the circuit?
Istanbul Park is a new track for me as I’ve never raced there before. I watched all the races when I was younger, and it looks a very impressive track. I remember some awesome racing moments there such as Michael and Fernando at the finish line on the last lap in 2006. It has some very cool corners and it’s a fast and busy lap. It should be exciting in these modern cars. Turn 1 is a downhill corner and it’s quite blind approaching it. There are a number of medium to high-speed corners, and it all flows nicely. Then there’s Turn 8, the triple left-hander. It looked an impressive corner in the old cars, and I think this year it’s going to be even better. I can’t wait to give that a go. Usually on fast tracks we have decent speed, so I think it’s going to be an awesome one to drive and to race with overtaking definitely possible on the straights.
How have you prepared to learn a new track?
I’ve been doing some training on my home simulator to learn the track. There are going to be some challenges such as the elevation changes and blind corners. It’s been resurfaced recently, and we have the harder compound of tyres, like in Portugal, so there could be some low grip during the early part of the weekend. We have limited data to prepare, but we’re back to a normal Friday, so it should be easier to get right than in Imola or Nürburgring. It’s going to be interesting again. We should be in decent shape, like we have been recently, and we go there in good form and ready to perform again. I want to put some of the bad luck behind me and go there targeting a good result.