Sahara Force India’s Esteban Ocon completed a planned programme on his final day of winter testing ahead of the opening race of the 2017 season, the Australian Grand Prix. Ocon completed 137 laps ending the day with the third fastest time of the day with a 01:20.161s.
Speaking following his final day in the car, Ocon commented by saying:
It has been a big day in the car and I am really happy with what we achieved. We did some shorter runs in the morning and longer stints in the afternoon, and by the end of the day I was happy with how the car felt. I was satisfied with our pace and I think we’ve made really good progress with understanding the VJM10. The next time I will be in the car is in Melbourne and I am really excited about the start of the season. It’s been a busy winter with lots of hard work behind the scenes and now I just want to go racing!
Sahara Force India’s Chief Race Engineer Tom McCullough commented by saying:
We were able to make the most of our good reliability and complete a comprehensive test programme. Our understanding of the VJM10 is getting better and we are still making good progress with the car. It was Esteban’s final day of driving before Melbourne, so we were able to continue practicing with the procedural tasks he will need during race weekends. He has settled in the team really well, building a good working relationship with the trackside team and everyone back at base. We feel we have prepared him as well as we could for Australia: we had prepared a plan for him during the winter and we have ticked all the boxes. The plan for the final day of testing is more of the same to complete Sergio’s preparations for Melbourne too.
Sergio Perez will be in the car for the final day of testing on Friday.