Alpine’s Esteban Ocon has admitted that his F1 record in Hungary doesn’t reflect his confidence around the Hungaroring, as Alpine gear up for 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ocon has scored just two points from one ninth-placed finish in three visits to Hungary as a F1 driver, compared to five podiums in six starts around the Hungaroring in junior categories.
The Frenchman therefore has admitted that despite having “some good memories” around this track and feeling “positive”, he is keen to improve his F1 record around the Hungaroring commenting: ” In Formula 1, the results haven’t reflected my confidence at the track, so that’s a record I want to improve.”
Ocon also noted the “nice flow and rhythm” around the circuit which fills him with hope after ending a four-race streak of non top ten finishes with ninth place at Silverstone, especially with Hungary marking the final round before F1’s summer break with Ocon keen to head off on his break on a “positive trend.”
Reflecting on Silverstone in further detail, Ocon confessed to feeling that the British Grand Prix was key to rebuilding momentum, as he said: “It was important that we bounced back and our performance, in general, was good.”
Silverstone also saw the introduction of Sprint Qualifying which Ocon seems to be a fan of already, commenting: ” I think the Sprint format worked in our favour on this occasion as we took a gamble by starting on Softs and it meant we were better placed on the Sunday grid.”
“It feels like a big go-kart circuit.”
Fernando Alonso comes into this weekend on a five race points-scoring streak with Hungary proving a popular circuit for the Spaniard, with Alonso having scored points in 13 of 17 previous visits to the Hungaroring – including in each of his last nine Hungarian Grands Prix.
Alonso though feels like the circuit resembles a traditional driver centric track as found in grassroot motorsports, saying: “It feels like a big go-kart circuit. We all love driving there because I think the driver has a quite a bit more input than some circuits.”
Having finished seventh at Silverstone with Ocon reaching the checkered flag in ninth to secure Alpine their first double-points finish since Portugal, Alonso also noted that the team seems to be “improving all the time, especially after the performance at Silverstone where both cars finished in the points,” said the two-time champion.