Esteban Ocon spoke in regards to the battle for third place within the Constructors’ Cup, the workforce’s progress and plans for the offseason …
Q: The final rounds of the race had been intense. You fought for 2 factors, though they might not have performed a decisive function within the constructors’ championship. Was it vital so that you can let your opponents know that you’ll proceed to struggle to the top?
Esteban Ocon: I did not know that it might not change something within the Constructors’ Cup. I did not know what place Daniel was in – he had an advanced technique. We modified our methods – he began on Arduous and rode at a superb tempo. I knew that he was ending forward of me, however I didn’t know what positions we’ve and the place the rivals are. Even McLaren.
I knew that Racing Level is one in every of our rivals, so it was vital for me to overhaul Stroll. Sadly, this was not sufficient for the workforce, however we fought to the top. We did our greatest. Nice to overhaul Lance on the final loop!
Q: And but the race was boring. Do I would like to vary the monitor configuration?
Esteban Ocon: No less than, I overtook on the final lap – did you prefer it? However I heard that the race was boring. It is actually arduous to overhaul in Abu Dhabi. However there’s an evidence for this. Within the final sector, it’s tough to chase an opponent: all sluggish turns will not be profiled, you want good grip, in any other case the automobile begins to slide. If we made profiled turns, it might assist us overtake. All issues might be solved, however it’s important to work.
Q: What do you consider the outcomes of the season?
Esteban Ocon: We made nice progress and completed the season nicely. I’m happy with our outcomes and pace, in addition to with the workforce. We now have turn out to be a lot stronger in comparison with the start of the yr. I began to carry out higher, I really feel extra assured within the automobile.
It’s kind of of a pity that we missed the third place within the constructors’ championship, however this yr there have been many optimistic moments. Nonetheless, there are some issues we couldn’t do completely. We have to resolve these issues and use the optimistic facets in our work in 2021. We should be in our greatest form subsequent season.
Q: What are your plans for the offseason?
Esteban Ocon: As a result of pandemic, I do not know what I’ll do but. At first I’ll spend a while with my household, however I’ve no additional plans but. After all, it’s important to practice lots. I would like to achieve the load that I misplaced throughout the season, work with my bodily type.
However now it’s tough to maneuver round Europe. It’s a must to watch out: I’ll not take assessments with the identical regularity, however I nonetheless do not wish to get sick and lose two weeks due to poor well being. Hope I’ve an awesome Christmas with my household. Then I am going to return to work and coaching, however I do not know but how or the place. Have to suppose.