Esteban Ocon quite confidently held the Russian Grand Prix, earning points for 7th place, and is now preparing for the race at the Nurburgring, where he performed only in youth formulas.
Question: Have you ever played at the Nurburgring?
Esteban Ocon: Only a couple of times back in the days when I performed in the youth categories. I remember that in 2012 I took part in the Eurocup Formula Renault race, and in 2013, when I did a couple of stages in the North European Formula Renault Cup, one of them was at the Nurburgring, and I went up to the podium!
The last time I raced there was in 2014 in European Formula 3, and in one of the races I finished third.
Q: What can you say about the features of this track?
Esteban Ocon: Turn 1 is pretty tough and is a good overtaking spot. You can pass it in different ways, since it is a hairpin, but the track is wide there, but it is not so easy to do everything right.
The second sector with a turn named after Michael Schumacher is interesting to overcome: the track goes uphill, and first there are fast turns, left and right, and then the second pair of turns, in which there are also quite high speeds, and also first a left turn, and then right.
On the last sector there is a straight line that ends with a chicane, after which you have to drive the last right turn and cross the finish line. Driving a modern Formula 1 car, racing the Nürburgring should be fun. This circuit is closer to the normal type of circuit we are used to.
Many teams and riders have some experience on this track, so it should be easier to adapt to it than to Mugello or Portimao. I am glad that the Nürburgring is back on the calendar, this is good news, because I love to play in Germany. This track is in my home racing simulator, so I’ll try to practice a little more.
Question: Is the weather going to be interesting at this time of year too?
Esteban Ocon: The weather in northern Europe can now be cold and rainy. Let’s see what awaits us, but I think we are ready for any conditions. The tires will work very differently, so you will have to try to warm up to normal temperatures. If it rains, then we know what we are capable of under such conditions.
On tests, the car performed well on a wet track, and in Austria the qualification took place in the rain. Whatever the weather, we will try to do a good job in order to continue the series of successful performances.