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Ocon ready for F1 return

18th September 2019, 18:42 by Tom McGarry

Esteban Ocon says he is "hungry" for a return to the Formula One grid after spending 2019 on the sidelines.

The Frenchman failed to secure a seat for the 2019 season after losing out to Lance Stroll at Racing Point and he instead took up a position as Mercedes' reserve driver.

However, the 23-year-old was always keen to make a return to the main grid and last month signed a two-year deal with Renault that will come into effect ahead of the 2020 season.

Ocon admits his year out of the limelight has been tough, but it has also made him even more determined to succeed in the sport.

"This year has been tough mentally and on the emotion side as well," he told Motorsport.com. "Seeing those guys go so well and me being on the sideline. It's not something that's particularly great.

"But I think it can only make you stronger and more keen to come back, and I'm more hungry for when I come back."

The former Manor driver, whose best performances in F1 came in 2017 when he finished fifth at both the Spanish and Mexican GPs, also feels he has learned a lot during his time behind the scenes with Mercedes.

He added: "On the other side of not being driving I could also learn the other part of the world of F1, which is more experience, more knowledge for me and more things learned for the future."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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