Ocon satisfied with 2020 form

26 January 2021 02:02:35 GMTPlus10

Esteban Ocon believes Renault's results towards the end of last season proves the team are moving in the right direction.

The Frenchman finished 12th in the Drivers Championship in 2020 and managed a fifth-place finish in the Belgian Grand Prix after earlier securing sixth in the British race at Silverstone.

The highlight of the campaign for the 24-year-old, though, came at the Sakhir GP in December when he came in second to seal his first podium finish.

Ocon will hope to build on those encouraging drives this year when Renault will rebrand as Alpine and experienced Spanish star Fernando Alonso joins as his team-mate, replacing the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo.

Ocon admits he found the start of last season tough, but expressed his satisfaction at how things developed throughout the course of the campaign.

He was quoted on Motorsport.com saying. "Early on, I was trying to sort my driving out and sort everything I was doing on track.

"And unfortunately in Formula 1, you gain more time by working closer with your engineers and working more on the car because, in the end, that's going to give you the confidence. The driving is then going to come with it.

"In the end, I feel that we did that a lot better later in the year and I was happier with the car. I was the happiest with the car in Bahrain 1 than I was the whole season.

"That's where the car felt very strong. I think we were touching with the finger on something and it was definitely the right way and the right progression."

Ocon is 1001.00 to win the 2021 F1 Drivers Championship, while Alonso is 1001.00 and Alpine are 2001.00 to win the Constructors' Championship.

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