“The amount of grip there is this year already, I think if you take it in account the fastest lap time, we are already faster than the fastest lap time of last year’s first day,” he said.
“The cars are just evolving year by year. But the amount of grip I feel now I think I’ve never felt before.”
“It’s impressive those new cars because I have to say I’ve never went that fast in some corners before,” he added. “So it feels good.
“It’s definitely exciting because that’s just going to go faster and faster. So we’re going to probably break all the records, I reckon, this year, lap time.”
[smr2020test]Ocon admitted he is still getting used to pushing the car to its absolute limit on his return to competition in F1.
“It’s not true that I’m just not leaning on it yet,” he said. “I’m driving, I’m trying to get the rust off of me also.
“It’s been it’s been some time since I properly [drove] a car, which means with somebody next to me and having references, et cetera. So I’m just trying to get back up to speed. And it’s important to have decent lap times to be able to feel how the car reacts in the race condition or in the practice conditions.”
2020 F1 season
- Bottas vs Rosberg: Hamilton’s Mercedes team mates compared after 78 races each
- F1 revenues fell by $877 million in Covid-struck 2020 season
- Hamilton and Mercedes finally announce new deal for 2021 season
- F1 audience figures “strong” in 2020 despite dip in television viewers
- 2020 F1 driver rankings #1: Lewis Hamilton