Esteban Ocon was left with mixed feelings after finishing sixth in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix for Force India, having run as high as second early on before falling down the order and missing out on his maiden Formula 1 podium.

Ocon starred in a drenched qualifying session at Monza on Saturday to secure third place on the grid, and made a good start to pass Lance Stroll for second at the first corner.

The Frenchman was powerless to keep the likes of Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo back during the race, though, eventually crossing the line sixth for Force India.

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While the result was Ocon’s second-best finish of the season so far, he was left disappointed after boldly targeting a podium finish after qualifying.

“It’s mixed feelings I would say. Happy with P6, definitely, but I wanted my podium, which I didn’t get today,” Ocon said.

“I’m still hungry for it, but I think we maximised the result. Really the Ferraris were faster than us, I had a good fight with them. I thought I could keep Raikkonen behind, but I didn’t manage it, and the Red Bull was faster.

“P6 and P3 in qualifying, I think that’s the maximum we could have done this weekend.”

Looking to the rest of the season, Ocon is still hopeful of achieving his goal of finishing on the podium during his first full year in F1, particularly in more dramatic races.

“I think for sure today we didn’t have the pace to achieve it, but you never know in the future. It looks like we have a fast car all of the time,” Ocon said.

“Today there were no DNFs, nothing, so the luck was not totally on our side on that aspect. If it rains or if something happens, I’m still there and I still want to get it.”