Having been put into a quick Force India car after less than half a season in a backmarker Manor F1 car where he made his debut, Esteban Ocon has impressed and “surprised” the Force India bosses with his immediate and consistent start to the 2017 F1 season.
Ocon finished P10 in Australia on his Force India debut and has consistently been in the points so far. 9 races into the 2017 season, Ocon has almost matched his senior team-mate Sergio Perez in all aspects and has amassed 39 points which puts him P8 in the driver standings.
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Talking about the young Frenchman’s impressive start to the season, Force India COO Otmar Szafnauer said : “Are we surprised? Maybe pleasantly surprised, but not completely. We chose him because we thought he had the capability of doing this.
“He’s been very consistent and that’s exactly what we wanted. We knew in the midfield we need two drivers to consistently score points.
“Maybe the surprise is that it’s happened straight away. He’s quickly learned and he’s quickly fitted into the team very well, but there’s still more to come. He’s getting better and better. He’s learning the team too, not just the tracks, how we work, and that’s important.”
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– Aditya Bhat.