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F1 Malaysian GP: Ocon: I’m getting there…

Esteban Ocon reflects on his first three races as a Formula 1 driver and the difficulties of coming into Manor mid-season...
Esteban Ocon admits he has found his Formula 1 initiation difficult at times but feels he is 'getting there' after three challenging races with Manor Racing.

Ocon made his F1 debut with Manor Racing at the Belgian Grand Prix in place of the cash-strapped Rio Haryanto, but has endured what he terms as 'ups and downs' in the ensuing races.

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After a particularly difficult weekend in Singapore, Ocon admits his first few races have been a baptism of fire but feels he is making progress each time he gets in the car.

“As I've said before there's some ups and downs,” he said. “I think the first weekend in Spa was pretty good, we are quite happy about the weekend. It was my first weekend and I was learning everything, and in the end the race I was pretty happy with.

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“Then in Monza it was a bit more difficult weekend, we had faced some problems and we were disappointed because we had the speed there to achieve something great. In Singapore I also had some difficulties, we made some mistakes as a team and our performance was not there. So some ups and downs.”

“It's much different [the approach to single laps and a race],” he continued. “It's a different approach, you have a whole weekend to build up and it's not the same at all. But in the end you want to go as quickly as possible and it's the same target.”

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Linked with a factory Renault drive for 2017, Ocon says there has been no movement on that front, adding he places full trust in his managers.

“I'm just focusing on my part and I'm not worried for next year. I mean, I'm doing my job and I trust my management side. I hope that it's going to be before the end of the season, it's never nice to wait a lot but as I said, I'm not worried.”

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