Force India preview the Australian GP

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Sergio Perez says Force India want to “start well” this
season while Esteban Ocon believes a good job over the winter
stands the team in good stead.

Sergio Perez: “The first race of the year is
always good fun. We’ve had a long winter to recharge the
batteries, but now I just want to go racing again. Australia is
the best place to start the season: it’s a great country and I
really enjoy going there. There is so much to do in Melbourne
and it’s a fun weekend, even if it’s busier than some of the
other races.
“It’s important not to get distracted: we want to start well
and get back into the race weekend rhythm, and get on with our
work. The track itself is quite enjoyable and it’s a challenge
to drive because it’s almost a street circuit. It starts the
weekend very green and as you go on, you get more grip and more
confidence in your new car.
“I am confident we can do well and score points from the first
race: Australia is a place where anything can happen and we
have seen some very unpredictable races there in the past. You
never know what opportunities turn up in a race so you have to
be ready at all times to take them.”

Esteban Ocon: “I am feeling great after a long
winter and I’m very excited to go to Melbourne. It will be the
first time racing at Albert Park for me, so I do not really
know the track, but last year I went there and I liked what I
could see. It’s a proper old-school track and those are the
sorts of circuit I really enjoy. Of course it’s not easy when
you don’t know the track in advance, so it’s especially
important to learn quickly in the Friday sessions and listen to
the feedback from the engineers – whether it’s where I can be
faster or where we can make the car quicker. I think I have all
the tools and all the people around me to do that.
“Joining this team has gone very smoothly from my perspective.
The team welcomed me and made me feel at ease straight away. I
feel very comfortable about the way we work and I feel this
will help me give my best in Australia.
“I think we did a good job as a team during winter testing and
I also feel confident because of all the simulator work we did
over the winter. We continue to push on the simulator and I was
at the factory a few days ago doing the final preparation for
Melbourne. I was very open to the team – I told them I’d be
available at HQ as much as they needed me over the winter and I
feel satisfied with the work we’ve done together so far. I
think we’re on track to extract everything we can from the car,
which is our objective. We’ll go out and do the best we can and
see where we are.”

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