Ocon admits DTM tougher than expected
15 June 2016 – Highly-rated youngster Esteban Ocon has admitted that competing in the DTM is tougher than he anticipated, following a difficult start to his rookie campaign.
Ocon romped to successive titles in European Formula 3 and GP3 across the past two seasons, picking up Mercedes backing and a role as Renault's reserve driver in Formula 1 in the process.
Mercedes placed Ocon in DTM this year but the Frenchman has yet to score a point and sits at the foot of the 24-driver championship table.
"I never thought that it would be so tough, driving in the DTM," said Ocon, who received extensive Formula 1 running with Renault in Spain last month.
"But I think I'm now beginning to understand the series better. In the DTM, experience is extremely important.
"You have to have confidence in your car and get used to this type of racing. The wheel-to-wheel action is definitely the biggest difference compared to single-seater racing.
"But I'm learning more with every weekend and hope to be scoring my first points some time soon. If we manage to get it all together on a single weekend, then a decent result is definitely achievable."