- Esteban Ocon has made big impact in 2017
- Frenchman has scored points in 10/11 races
- Force India driver now targeting first podium
With a string of top 10 finishes in what is his first full season in Formula One, the Frenchman is fast gaining a reputation as one of the sport’s future stars.
This weekend, Ocon will be looking to carry on where he left off before F1’s summer break, as the teams and drivers return for the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I did expect to have a strong half of the season first half … my target was to be scoring points at every race,” Ocon told CNN’s The Circuit.
“I still haven’t achieved my podium and that’s what I want to achieve before the end of the season.”
A top three finish in one of the nine remaining races may sound a little fanciful, but having raced in F1 during the second half of the 2016 — he replaced Rio Haryanto at Manor Racing in August last year — Ocon can add a touch of experience to his youthful endeavors.
“When you get into a track where you have former experience from the previous year it just helps — it’s normal, you get into the rhythm faster … and it feels easier,” he said.