Esteban Ocon has admitted that his Ultrasoft tyre left him unable to get a good performance, after he was unable to match fellow team mate, Pascal Wehrlein during qualifying for the Sunday Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
He has termed his qualifying as a “disaster”
Ocon believes that his qualifying performance was not as good as it was supposed to be as he had been left struggling to get a good performance out of the Ultrasoft tyre. However, his team mate, Wehrlein had been able to put the same tyre to good use and make it through to Q2.
Ocon has admitted that he was having a good weekend until the qualifying. However, having failed to improve with the Ultrasoft tyre, Ocon will have to start the Grand Prix at the twentieth position on the grid while Wehrlein would be up in sixteenth.
The Manor Racing MRT driver is however hopeful that he can make up for lost ground on Sunday despite the results of the qualifying, and end his final race with Manor on a high note before finally moving over next year to Sahara Force India F1 Team.
“My qualifying was a disaster,”
“Free practice looked positive this morning and we were ahead, but as soon as we put the Ultrasoft on, I was standing still and my team-mate and everyone else was improving.
“There was nothing more in terms of pace on that tyre for me. I was losing speed and we have to look at what the problem was because for sure, there was one.
Ocon also talked about the track and pointed out that the track is a great one, which he enjoys driving upon. He also noted his disadvantage in terms of starting grid positions but believes he can have an overall good race.