Esteban Ocon believes he would have qualified much closer to team mate Daniel Ricciardo if he’d been able to have a slipstream from another car during his qualifying run.
In conversation with his team after the session, Ocon was told he lost “easily four tenths” because he didn’t have a slipstream from another car.
Speaking to media after qualifying, Ocon said “having a tow seems a lot more powerful than it was back when I was driving a couple years ago with those new cars.”
“I think we if we had managed that better probably we’d have moved up the road as well,” he added.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said the benefit of having a slipstream was “somewhere, depending on on the wind direction or so, between one and a half tends to three tenths.”
“We have the drivers alternating in who gets to choose when to go out,” added. Wolff. “Today it was Lewis [Hamilton’s] call and obviously he let Valtteri [Bottas] out first.”
During the session Ocon asked Renault about their plans to alternate the slipstream between drivers (below). Ricciardo complained about Red Bull’s arrangement at the circuit two years ago when his team mate was Max Verstappen.
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Ocon’s post-Q2 debrief
|Ocon:||I don’t really understand where the gap comes from, to be honest. That was a clean lap. There’s probably a tenth to get better but I don’t know how it can be as big as that. The out-lap was not too bad. I had a decent front end, never as good as the first run, but better than the others. Apart from that it was clean, it was not over-pushed. SAo we need to reveal what it is because it’s a massive gap. I don’t really understand how it can be that big looking at the lap I just did.|
|To Ocon:||Understood Esteban. Obviously we’ll look into that. I don’t know if you can still see on the screen in front of you, Esteban, but you can see the speed delta on the straight line, Danny’s best lap to the one you just did, there’s easily four tenths there based on the tow, I’d say. Your exits out of all those corners are good but the straight-line speed just doesn’t match Daniel’s with the tail wind he’s got, effectively.|
|Ocon:||Yeah. And there’s zero loss in the corners?|
|To Ocon:||Yeah. There’s a small amount at turn one, absolutely, but you gain in turn four and then you lose it towards the end up to turn six again because of the tow there. We’ll go through it in more detail in the office.|
|Ocon:||Did we say that I was going behind Daniel in this session and I was always in front?|
|To Ocon:||Esteban, now isn’t the time to talk about these thing, OK, let’s talk about it in the office.|
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