Esteban Ocon ahead of Portuguese Grand-Prix: Feel It Still

Esteban Ocon ahead of Portuguese Grand-Prix: Feel It Still

27.04.2021: PORTUGUGESE GRAND PRIX Portimao, Portugal 30 April - May 2nd 2021 Esteban Ocon opened his 2021 points account in Imola after finishing ninth place in a topsy-turvy Grand Prix. The Frenchman is looking forward to taking on the rollercoaster-esqu

PORTUGUGESE GRAND PRIX
Portimao, Portugal
30 April - May 2nd 2021




Esteban Ocon opened his 2021 points account in Imola after finishing ninth place in a topsy-turvy Grand Prix. The Frenchman is looking forward to taking on the rollercoaster-esque Algarve International Circuit this weekend in Portimão, aiming for more points.



How pleased were you to score your first points of the season last time out?



It was nice to score our first points of the season and also our first points in Alpine colours. The race itself was not straightforward with the changing conditions and difficult on-track decisions we had to make both before and during the race.



I think we learnt a lot and we can certainly put all of that knowledge into future races. The car felt good, the upgrades we brought worked well and now it’s important we push on and make further progress. Clearly the midfield is very tight and there will be opportunities, which we must take.



What is the Algarve International Circuit like to drive?



I’d say Portimão is one of the most enjoyable circuits to drive. It flows really well and has some really fun corner combinations. Last year, when we were there for the first time, a lot of people compared it to a rollercoaster because of all the elevation changes and quick turns we make.



I was very happy when Portugal was announced on the calendar. The venue is fantastic in the Algarve, the weather should be warm, so I’m looking forward to it.




What do you remember from last year’s race and what knowledge from that experience can you put into this weekend
?


We had an interesting race there last year in very challenging conditions with quite low grip levels. I remember the start was crazy with some rain just as the lights went out. It’ll be interesting this weekend. We have the harder compound of tyres again like last year and we’ll be giving it our all to have both cars in the points.







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