Ocon happy with first Q3 result

By on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Esteban Ocon enjoyed his first Q3 appearance in a Formula One qualifying session but reckons he could have been higher on the grid if he was not making mistakes during his final run. The Frenchman will start tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix from tenth place, with his team-mate Sergio Perez alongside him in ninth.

“It’s the first Q3 appearance of my career and I’m pretty happy with our performance today", Ocon says.

"The team has done an awesome job to improve the car during each session and I felt very comfortable by the time we started qualifying. I made a few small mistakes on my Q3 lap so I’m a little bit frustrated because there was the opportunity to be even higher up the grid. If I can make a clean start in the race, there is all to play for tomorrow. It’s important that I make the most of my best qualifying position in Formula One to score some more points.”

Sahara Force India delivered a competitive result with both cars progressing to Q3 for the first time this year. Locking out the fifth row of the grid represents the team's best qualifying performance so far this year and offers them a good opportunity to score solid points in the race.

“It was not an ideal qualifying session for me, but in the end we got a good result and we can be pleased to be in Q3", said Perez.

"I didn’t get the perfect lap; I feel I have left something on the table and when the margins are so close a tenth of a second would have put us a couple of places further ahead. It was not easy to get the tyres in the right operating window and to keep them working for the whole lap. Also, the track conditions changed a lot from yesterday and I think this affected everyone. The key for tomorrow’s race will be having a good start and a clean run into turn two: it’s a tricky one and in the past there has been plenty of action there at the start. I am optimistic for the race and I think we can aim to make up some positions from where we start.”


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