In a race which featured little action or opportunity to make progress up the field, the team turned to a bold strategy for both drivers with the aim to get ahead of cars in front. Pierre was able to make a pair of neat overtakes on Valtteri Bottas and Logan Sargeant into Turn 1 during the 51-lap race and, in the end, finished fourteenth on a two-stop Medium-Hard-Hard strategy.
Starting from the Pit Lane, Esteban remained on-track until the penultimate lap of the race, when, for his mandatory pit-stop, he pitted for new Soft tyres for his sole lap on the red compound to finish in fifteenth at the chequered flag.
The team looks ahead to next weekend’s Miami Grand Prix looking for a more positive and representative outing at the Hard Rock Stadium-based circuit.
Esteban Ocon, started from the Pit Lane, finished P15:
“ We gave it everything we could today, going for the Hail Mary strategy in the hope for a late Safety Car or incident, but things did not go our way. We can be proud with our efforts, pushing all the way to the end and extracting the most from the Hard tyres. I had a bit of a scary moment at the end of the race when I came into pit and saw people congregating in the Pit Lane even though the race had not ended. Fortunately, nothing happened, but we must make sure these scenarios don’t happen again. We were not where we want to be in terms of performance this weekend. And, after a weekend of learning, we have a chance to review and comeback stronger in Miami. I know we will do just that. ”
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