Interview with Esteban Ocon
Back from the summer break: This coming weekend in Moscow, the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team enters the final sprint to the title. One driver who won't be there is Esteban Ocon, who is preparing for his F1 debut at Spa.
Three questions for Esteban Ocon
Esteban, you're just one and a half weeks away from making your Formula 1 debut with Manor Racing. Would you ever have thought that the step up to Formula 1 could come quite so early in your career?
Esteban Ocon: No, not at all. But thanks to all the tests and my preparation this year, I feel ready for it. It's helped me a lot. But I never thought that I would be offered this opportunity quite so soon. At the same time, I'm very happy about it and I'm looking forward immensely to my first Formula 1 race weekend in Belgium.
Are you nevertheless a bit disappointed that you're unable to bring your first DTM season to a conclusion?
Esteban Ocon: Yes, I'm a bit sad that I cannot complete the DTM adventure. I've kept raising my level of performance in the course of the season and gained a lot of experience. My pace has been steadily improving. So from that perspective, it's a pity that I'm unable to finish the season with the team. But it's not possible to compete simultaneously in both championships. Consequently, I had to decide, and the decision went in favour of Formula 1.
After a few days' holiday with friends, you now begin with the preparations for your first Formula 1 race at Spa. To what extent do these preparations differ from those in the DTM?
Esteban Ocon: It was nice to relax on vacation with friends. It helped take my mind off things. But since the announcement was made, of course, I've also been training hard. The training isn't all that different from in the DTM. I'm preparing as thoroughly as possible so that I'll be ready for my first F1 race weekend. Before going to Spa, I will meet up with my new team again and we'll go through all the details together.