Ocon made “best start this year” before being hit twice on lap one | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Esteban Ocon says he made the best start of his season so far before being hit twice on the first lap.

What they say

Ocon made a rapid start from seventh on the grid, but his race went awry quickly:

A very tricky race, unfortunately. We got a flying start and that was a brilliant thing. It’s probably the best start I’ve had in the year.

Obviously went to third. I’ll have to re-watch the video a little bit, it’s just a very unfortunate incident obviously in turn one. Lewis [Hamilton] was on the inside of Daniel [Ricciardo] and Daniel opened the steering and then touched me on the rear and that made us spin.

I got going again and was still in pretty good shape – a bit worse shape, but still pretty good shape. And then I got hit by Valtteri [Bottas] into turn nine who missed the braking point, again. So twice the same but that time I had to pit because of the puncture.

So that compromised my race completely. Even though no Safety Car or nothing, I still came back 11th, a long way off. So the pace was very solid. And I think there was some good points on the table for us today. It’s just I seem to have a lot of bad luck recently. I hope that will turn around.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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