Last race winner Esteban Ocon looks ahead to Belgian Grand Prix with recharged batteries

Last race winner Esteban Ocon looks ahead to Belgian Grand Prix with recharged batteries

24.08.2021: BELGIAN GRAND PRIX Circuit Spa-Francorchamps 27-29 August 2021 Esteban Ocon heads into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix as the latest winner in Formula 1 after a stellar and composed drive last time out in Hungary


BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Circuit Spa-Francorchamps
27-29 August 2021




Esteban Ocon heads into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix as the latest winner in Formula 1 after a stellar and composed drive last time out in Hungary. The focus is on Belgium and taking on Spa-Francorchamps, a circuit where he made his Formula 1 debut and claimed his best qualifying result to date.





Has the winning feeling sunk in?



I was not expecting to be entering this race after the summer break as the latest Formula 1 race winner! It’s still an incredibly special feeling and it was very well timed as I’ve spent the last couple of weeks relaxing with family and friends letting it sink in…I can tell you, it definitely feels real now!


Now the time is to focus on restarting the season and that begins in Belgium. We enjoyed the moment in Hungary and, of course, repeating that feeling would be fantastic, but we will remain realistic and do our best for a strong result. The weather might be interesting so, if it’s dry or wet, we will be ready to take any opportunity.




What makes Spa so special for you?


Spa is a very special place for me. I have some nice memories there like making my Formula 1 debut back in 2016, then qualifying in third place in 2018 in tricky conditions and even last year when, as a team, we finished fourth and fifth. Of course, it’s where we lost Anthoine and we will always race with him in our thoughts.


It’s just a fantastic circuit, full of history and some amazing corners, especially in a modern Formula 1 car, like Raidillon, Pouhon and Blanchimont. The aim is to continue making more memories at this amazing track.




What did you get up to over the summer break?



The break was really nice, and it was quite important to take a step back and take everything in. It’s been a busy and intense season so far and, on the whole, we’re quite happy with how it’s unfolded. I took some time away, which was great and then I was back on a race circuit last weekend, driving an Alpine A110 GT4 on a parade at the Le Mans 24 Hours.


It was a great experience to drive the track alongside other Alpines and Fernando in the Formula 1 car and it makes me want to get behind the wheel and into race mode again. We’re ready for the challenge of this next triple header.




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