Ocon pleased with first F1 point

By on Monday, March 27, 2017

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Force India's Esteban Ocon scored his first point in Formula One after a strong drive to tenth place at the Australian GP on Sunday.

The Frenchman delivered a fantastic performance starting from P14 and his race-long fight with McLaren's Fernando Alonso was one of the big stories of the race. Ocon overtook Alonso with just six laps to go.

“Scoring my first point in Melbourne is a very nice reward after what has been quite a tough weekend," reckons Ocon.

"I spent almost the entire race fighting against Fernando [Alonso] because we were side-by-side for the first lap of the race. He was able to stay ahead and I had to chase him for the rest of the afternoon. It was a hard fight because Fernando is a tough opponent and it was so difficult to get close and overtake.

"Eventually I found a gap in the last few laps and took my chance going into turn one. It was a big moment for my race and took me into the points. I’m happy with the result and I feel I’ve learned a huge amount from my first race weekend with this team. I hope this is the first point of many this season.”

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