Esteban Ocon sees himself as “unfinished” in Turkey after last year’s race and wants to remedy the situation.
At the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, the alpine The driver seemed to have a good chance of scoring points for the team then known as Renault after qualifying in P7.
After a good start he spun after contact with his team mate Daniel Ricciardo and could no longer fight his way into the points and finally finished the race in 11th place.
Given what happened, he still feels like he’s not finished on the racetrack, so he’s excited to be going back there.
“I like Istanbul Park because it’s a really nice track,” said the Frenchman.
“I was there for the first time last year, like many drivers on the grid, and it definitely lived up to expectations.
“When it became known that we would be going back to Turkey, I was pretty happy because I feel like I still have some kind of unfinished business there.”
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The conditions in last year’s race were extremely difficult as all the riders struggled to find their feet in dry weather and rain and then things got worse.
In fact, says Ocon, wet qualifying was the most challenging condition he has ever faced.
“Last year was an interesting weekend for many reasons. The track was newly paved and it was difficult to find grip on the track at the beginning, ”he continued.
“When the track started to thicken, it rained on Saturday for qualifying and it was probably the most difficult conditions I’ve ever driven.
“We got off to a strong start in the race and there was certainly potential for a good result, but a number of incidents stopped progress – and I’m determined to remedy this this year.”
Ocon had a much better season overall this year, taking his maiden win at the Hungarian Grand Prix and being a closer match for team-mate Fernando Alonso than many would have expected.
However, his performance wasn’t good enough to impress Ex-driver Marc Surer, who thinks he has to be faster than the Spaniard.