Ocon chasing Q2 showing

Manor can “expect” to be in Q2 at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix; that’s according to rookie racer Esteban Ocon.

Since making his Formula 1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix, Ocon’s best showing in qualifying was his P18 at Spa.

However, that race saw his team-mate Pascal Wehrlein qualify in 16th place, which he followed up with a P14 at the next grand prix at Monza.

This weekend Ocon is hoping to join his team-mate inside the top 16 as he looks for a good start and the possibility of points.

“I think we’ve shown that when everything goes our way, we can expect to be in Q2,” he said.

“Pascal has been able to show that it’s possible so that’s the next target for me personally.

“When we start further up the grid, we can create opportunities for the race, and then, who knows, another point is a real possibility.

“At this stage, that would be a dream come true in a long list of dreams I’d like to realise.”

This weekend’s grand prix is only Ocon’s third in Formula 1 with the former Renault test driver acknowledging that every outing is a learning curve.

“I’m loving and learning every minute – and there’s so much more still to come,” he said.

“It’s a big challenge stepping up to F1 in the middle of the season; so much to get to grips with and no time to stop and think, only to keep pushing forward. It’s a big test, but that works for me!

“In only two races I’ve had some things go well and some things go less well, but I’ve got two race distances under my belt and I’m really happy with the way I’ve slotted into the team and with my own performances.

“Six of the next seven tracks are new for me, so some exciting challenges are ahead, which is great! Plus, we have some important objectives as a team, which we need to be very focused on.”

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