Force India’s new signing is in the pink and loving it. Your questions reveal a love of Le Mans – but not in a sportscar – inspiration from a French F1 hero of the 1970s, and his attitude to former team-mate Pascal Wehrlein
Esteban Ocon extends the top half of his lanky frame over the balcony at the rear of Force India’s hospitality unit and peers into the murky water below. Here at the Shanghai International Circuit is a piece of architecturally intriguing but not always user-friendly Hermann Tilke whimsy: the paddock buildings rest on stilts atop the vestigial remains of the swampland that used to dominate this area.
It is upon this Stygian soup that one of our readers’ question cards now oats, already well beyond even Esteban’s long-armed grasp as the ripples on the surface carry it away from our view. He emits a furtive but good-natured chuckle; fortunately he’d already nished answering all of your questions.
Ocon has quickly settled in to his new home at Force India and it’s immediately clear why. He’s cheery, good-mannered and entertaining company – not to mention super-quick. And he’s not at all perturbed by doing this interview in the cold, while a blanket of fog hangs over the circuit. Rest assured, some of your questions could easily have sent him scurrying back into the warm embrace of the team’s hut…