F1 »

F1 Belgian GP: Debutant Ocon ignoring Schumacher parallels

Esteban Ocon says he won't apply unnecessary pressure to his shoulders ahead of his F1 debut despite the parallels being drawn with Michael Schumacher...
Esteban Ocon says he will not apply unnecessary pressure to his shoulders ahead of his much anticipated Formula 1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix, even if he admits the comparisons to Michael Schumacher are clear.

The Frenchman, who has completed a series of FP1 sessions with Renault and is tipped for a full-time drive with the manufacturer in 2017, will make his F1 debut with Manor Racing at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend alongside fellow Mercedes protégé Pascal Wehrlein.

EXCLUSIVE: Jenson Button - Why my F1 future is in my hands…

Facing the media for the first time in Manor colours today, Ocon's promotion comes 25 years to the day Schumacher made his F1 race debut at the same venue with Jordan. At the time Schumacher was a Mercedes junior and would be quickly snapped up by Benetton (whom would go on to become Renault)

Despite the similarities, Ocon has no interest in devoting time to the romantic Schumacher comparisons, insisting he is merely focused on his own job.

“Michael is one of my idols so for sure if I have only half of his career already I would be more than happy.”

“I think I have to do a good job, thinking about that will put some pressure that is not needed. I mean to get to the level of Michael, it's really, really high so no I need to focus on myself. It's great for me to start where he started for sure, but I need to focus on myself and on the job I have to do.”

REMEMBER: When F1 fell out of love with the Belgian Grand Prix...

Having already driven both Renault and Mercedes machinery this year, Ocon is confident he can get up to speed and impress prospective employers for the 2017 season.

“I can bring a few things from the experience I had, I hope I will bring something good and that's how experience works. You bring things of course to the team you are driving.

“I think there is plenty of practice and tyres to get up to speed so I hope to be up to speed in qualifying. I need to learn as much as I can of what Pascal [Wehrlein] is doing. He's a quick driver, he's been really quick since the beginning of the season so I need to learn as much as I can from him, then we will see how it goes in qualifying.”

BELGIAN GP: 6 Things to WATCH out for at the Belgian Grand Prix

Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
25.08.2016 - Pat Fry (GBR), F1 Engineering consultant, Manor Racing and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
Sauber C36 Ferrari
Sauber C36 Ferrari
Sauber C36 Ferrari
McLaren, 2011 launch, [Credit: Crash PA]
Crash.net 2017 Formula 1 Calendar
Williams, FW40, teaser shot [Credit: Williams Martini Racing]
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher and the 1996 Ferrari F310
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 to be unveiled on Feb 26th
Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - Mercedes, McLaren
Antonio Giovinazzi - Ferrari SF15-T
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Chase Carey, Ross Brawn & Sean Bratches
Sebastian Vettel, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, ROC [Credit: ROC]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.