Esteban Ocon stated a suspected gearbox drawback had precipitated his Imola Q1 elimination moderately than something associated to his new engine.
The Alpine driver was a shock early casualty in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and can begin nineteenth on the grid for the season’s first dash.
Out of place contemplating his automotive’s tempo, the Frenchman is at present the main racer within the standings from outdoors the Ferrari, Pink Bull and Mercedes groups.
He’ll subsequently hope to make important progress by way of the sphere within the dash, with a brand new Renault engine that was fitted earlier than the weekend’s motion had begun – the second of the three he’s permitted for the complete marketing campaign.
A chaotic qualifying session within the rain meant a number of drivers are in stunning positions for the dash, with Ocon revealing his was on account of a automotive situation moderately than being caught out by the tough circumstances – and never an issue related to his new energy unit both.
“The engine change was a separate factor,” Ocon advised reporters afterwards. “Clearly we hope we are going to get that engine again within the pool for Friday follow classes, in order that’s positive.
“However immediately, the factor that stopped us was we predict there’s a gearbox situation, that’s what I heard. I heard [it was] gearbox oil, in order that’s why I couldn’t full the lap and clearly the observe wasn’t at one of the best on the finish. I believe we might have gotten by way of in any other case.”
Other than that, Ocon had been blissful sufficient along with his automotive and recognised the dash weekend offers him extra probabilities than typical to make up the misplaced floor.
“[The car] felt all proper, I believe it was not dangerous, so it’s going to be about coming again tomorrow,” added the 25-year-old.
“There’s two occasions racing and there might be some rain on Sunday, so loads of issues to do.”
The Alpine’s potential was highlighted by Ocon’s team-mate Fernando Alonso being up there in fifth place on the dash grid.
“It feels good to be within the prime 5,” stated the Spaniard, who had been on target for a good higher qualifying end in Australia final day out till a hydraulic failure precipitated him to crash.
“Clearly it was a messy qualifying with the climate circumstances altering on a regular basis, so to be within the prime 5 I believe is sweet – we saved the day.
“I’m very assured now with the automotive, extracting the utmost from it. Reliability has been our weak level, so fingers crossed now we have a clear weekend and may maintain this place.”
Requested if it will be full-on assault from him within the dash, Alonso merely nodded his head and stated: “Sure…100%.”