Ocon: The more things we can change, the better it would be

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Esteban Ocon has called for widespread changes to his Alpine after the Frenchman continued his wretched spell of form at the Austrian Grand Prix.

After a promising start to the year season, Ocon’s form has taken something of a nosedive, while teammate Fernando Alonso has looked increasingly comfortable.

The 24-year-old scored points at four of the first five races, but has failed to score in each of the last four, and was beaten heavily by Alonso in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday.

Speaking after the session, he struggled to explain the deficit in Q1, which was more than half a second.

“The balance felt actually fine,” he said. “Once I finished a lap, I felt like it was a good lap on that second of Q1 and I was pretty pleased with how it went.

“Maybe half a tenth I could have gained, but that’s all about it, to be fair.

“So that’s where it starts to be difficult when you don’t spot exactly what the issue is and then the lap time deficit is so big on such a small track. So we need to keep digging in and keep staying together to go through this period as quickly as possible.”

Formula 1 now has a weekend off before the British Grand Prix and Ocon has called for the “maximum possible” changes to his car.

“We’ll start as fresh as we can be, because obviously the deficit and the performance that we had was not good enough this weekend and last weekend,” he added.

“The maximum possible would be very welcome. I will have a chat with the team and see what’s possible to do. But the more things we can change, the better it would be. Then it’s one doubt less.”