Esteban Ocon has set himself high targets for the 2017 as Force India strives to become the third fastest team on the grid, an ambitious goal after an impressive year in 2017.
Ocon has joined the team following the departure of Nico Hulkenberg to Renault, and will partner Sergio Perez at the team, now in his fourth season. The Frenchman, who is backed by engine supplier Mercedes had a spell at Renault as their reserve driver, before getting a race seat at Manor last year for the final nine rounds. He won the Force India seat over his fellow Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein, who instead finds a new home at Sauber.
Following the impressive season in 2016 for Force India, Ocon has set a high target of scoring points at every race. He said in a statement, “I’ve got to aim to score points at every race. That’s the level of this team and I will be disappointed if we don’t start the season with some good results. I know it’s not going to be easy and all the teams around us are going to be strong, but we’ve got to aim high.
“The first goal is to make the most of testing and develop the car in the best direction. After two weeks in Barcelona we will hopefully have a better idea of what to expect in Melbourne.”
He is also under no illusion that the new cars will be easy to drive, “You will feel the extra force of the cars all over your body, not just in your neck. For example, the braking pressure to stop the car will be much higher so you need the strength in your legs. The g-force will increase everywhere – under braking and in corners – so it’s going to be a more physical experience.”
He comes to the team highly rated, and even beat Max Verstappen to the Formula 3 crown.