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Esteban Ocon: "Spa the best place to start career"

  • Published on 25 Aug 2016 12:59
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Manor F1's latest recruit Esteban Ocon will make his race debut this weekend as Formula One travels to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ocon was brought in to replace Indonesian Rio Haryanto after the German Grand Prix, due to no payment from Haryanto's sponsors. Ocon thinks that there is no better place but Spa to start his Formula One career.

"I've raced here before in Formula 3 and GP3, so that will help for sure," said Ocon. "I couldn't have wished for a better place to start my Formula 1 racing career."

"Spa is a magical circuit, with so much history and such a technical challenge for a driver. Plus it's pretty close to being a home race for me – all of that makes this weekend pretty special."

"I'm pumped; it's a moment I've dreamed of for so long," he added.

"I can't wait to get started. The last two weeks have seemed like an eternity, but I've had a good break with plenty of time to think about how I'm going to approach things, so I'm ready to go!"

Asked about his goals, he said: "Pretty simple, really. I want to do a good job of getting to know the car, my crew, the whole team and get a really good weekend as something to build on."

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