Esteban Ocon says 'there are opportunities' to be exploited in the Belgian Grand Prix as he looks to make a bold impression on his F1 debut at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Frenchman was disappointed not to capitalise on Manor Racing's eye-catching pace around the iconic venue as he slipped out in Q1 to qualify a provisional 18th on the grid, though he stands to gain more positions through penalties ahead.

However, Ocon retains high hopes for his first ever F1 race, saying it is not enough to simply 'aim to finish', adding he wants to climb the order.

"No..., that's a quote for losers!" he joked when asked if it was just his aim to finish. I want to move forward and do a good job - that's most important. For me to be satisfied, the team to be satisfied. To see everything work, I have to learn quickly and make progress.

"I think there is a lot of opportunities here - long straights, tight first corner and we've got good straight-line speed - so we have to be opportunistic and see how it goes - take the opportunities how they are, how they come. I think we can do well in the race."