Esteban Ocon's perspective on the chaotic situation during the race in Qatar

“I tried to remember that the mental side in sport is the strongest part of your body"

by Sead Dedovic
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Esteban Ocon's perspective on the chaotic situation during the race in Qatar
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Esteban Ocon once again demonstrated his unwavering passion for his work and his deep love for Formula 1. Even when he fell ill during the last race in Qatar, Ocon refused to withdraw from the race. There was a moment when he vomited inside his helmet, yet he stayed true to his principles throughout.

“That was the hardest-fought points that I’ve ever had to fight for. I was feeling ill on lap 15, 16, I was throwing up for two laps inside the cockpit. Then I was like, ‘s', that’s going to be a long race’”.

- Ocon said, as quoted by racefans.net!

Esteban Ocon on the mental side

During the race, Ocon reflected on the significance of maintaining mental strength in such challenging moments. He was determined not to let anything deter him from reaching his goal.

Surprisingly, this great F1 driver did not anticipate the race to be as demanding as it turned out to be. Additionally, Ocon blames his team for one thing.
“I tried to remember that the mental side in sport is the strongest part of your body and I managed to get that under control and finish the race.

But, honestly I was not expecting for the race to be that hard. I can normally do two race distances, even in Singapore. Physically like muscle-wise and cardio-wise I’m always fine but I don’t know it was just like 80 degrees inside the cockpit this race.

I don’t think we probably do the best job in terms of not keeping the heat in the back, dissipating it inside the cockpit where the driver drives and I think that was the reason probably today where we felt so bad. But glad that we finished the race, a hard one, well deserved, the maximum that we could have done and got a happy ending”.

The situation was incredibly chaotic and challenging, leaving Ocon with a lot on his mind. He made every effort to navigate through it successfully, and the most crucial point is that he persevered until the race's conclusion.

“I never felt something like that, it was so hot that I wanted to open the visor on the straight-line because I had no air,” he added. “I was trying to also guide with my hands some air into the helmet because I couldn’t.

The more I was breathing to try and get everything lower, the more heat was coming inside the helmet and honestly it was hell in there”.

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