Ocon said he already has experience of two other circuits which could form part of this year’s championship.
“It’s fantastic, I’m very happy to hear that because those tracks are tracks I love, old-school circuits like Mugello. Or like Imola, a track I raced not so long ago in Formula 3
“I still have to learn Portimao. I’ve done a lot of laps on my home sim which was good. But I’m happy to do a lot of races and if that’s the way we can do more in the future then it’s fantastic.”
Some F1 teams tested at Portimao in 2009 (pictured top). Ocon’s team mate Daniel Ricciardo is also excited about the possibility of getting to race on some other European circuits this year.
“The first circuit I heard was Mugello,” said Ricciardo. “That was a circuit I raced back in 2007 for the first time and it was my favourite circuit that season. I loved just the flowing, high-speed corners.
“In F1 it would be amazing. We had a test there, I think it was back in 2012 in F1. But the cars now, these 2020 cars around there would be insane. So certainly excited if that one takes place.”
Ricciardo scored his most recent championship triumph in the British Formula 3 series at the Algarve circuit in 2009.
“I have good memories in Portimao, it was where I wrapped up the F3 championship,” he said. “It was a circuit I really enjoyed, some good elevation and again, quite good flowing fast corners.
“So I’m not disappointed if any of these go ahead at all. I would be very excited. And I think I’ll invest in a home simulator or something to refresh but I’m fairly familiar with at least those two circuits.”
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