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I could’ve finished the race on my first set of tyres

Esteban Ocon, Renault, Autodromo do Algarve, 2020

In the round-up: Esteban Ocon says he could have driven the entire Portuguese Grand Prix on his first set of tyres.

What they say

Ocon did 55 laps on his original set of medium tyres and said he was still getting quicker on them when he had to make his mandatory pit stop:

It was a pretty decent race, pretty crazy I would say at the start. As soon as [the lights] got red, the rain started to drop. So I was like, ‘wow, good timing’.

So it was a very slippery couple of corners. But we managed to make those mediums last for a very long time and that was really good. Very pleased with that, the communication between myself and the team worked really well.

We did, I don’t know, 55 laps with the same set of tyres, still going faster lap by lap so very satisfying on that side. We had to pit, but actually I probably could have finished the race on that set, so that was nice. And to have both cars in the points on a weekend where we are struggling a bit for pace shows that even in tough moments we can perform and be in the points.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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