Esteban Ocon is aiming for a fresh start at next week’s British Grand Prix and for a significant overhaul of his Alpine A521 after a poor form run in F1’s last three races.
After a productive start to his 2021 campaign, surpassing and surpassing teammate Fernando Alonso in four of the first five races, Ocon has gradually lost ground.
In Austria, the Frenchman failed to finish Q1 in both rounds held at the Red Bull Ring, while a poor P14 in the Styria Grand Prix was followed by an early retirement last weekend due to an unfortunate opening of the lap collision while engulfed of the thickness of the package.
“Well, I think it’s a small consequence of starting further back unfortunately,” Ocon explained. “We know that starting back there are always more incidents and contact and things that happen when you are not properly positioned.
“Obviously disappointed, but I think we have to turn the page, we have to restart from scratch, reset, prepare Silverstone in the best way we can.
“It starts already next week, but yeah, let’s forget the last two weekends, regroup and come back stronger at Silverstone.”
Ocon justified its underperformance over Alonso with a clear deficit embedded somewhere in his car.
“We see a few things and we see some deficit, but it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what it is,” he said.
“Like I said too, we do not want to give information about what it may be because it is already hard enough to put my finger on it, so I will not place myself on it, but we start from fresh on Silverstone, change as many parts as we can on the car, and hopefully come back much stronger.
“But to be a second slower on the first run compared to Fernando, it’s too big, the difference, so there’s definitely something that didn’t work right and that we need to understand.”
Prior to next week’s return to action, the 24-year-old intended to sit down with his team to get to the bottom of the car’s problems, which involves an overhaul and choosing which parts to change.
“Yeah exactly, that’s what we’ll obviously find out next week, the discussions we want to have with the guys,” Ocon said.
“I see that we are already discussing changing some parts just to restart fresh, so we can see exactly what is the plan that will be defined next week.
“But yes, we are only Sunday, so there are still a few days to think about what we can do and restart as fresh as we can be. Because the deficit and the performance we had was obviously not good enough this weekend and last weekend. “
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