Esteban Ocon, Renault, Monza, 2020

Esteban Ocon expects challenging conditions when F1 returns to the Nurburgring this weekend, when cold and wet weather is forecasted.

Race day temperatures could be as low as 10C on Sunday and early forecasts indicate a chance of rain during the grand prix. The 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, which was held on the last weekend of September, was badly disrupted by heavy rain.

“I think it’s going to be quite spicy,” Ocon predicted. “I have a few friends who raced the 24 hours of the Nurburgring, it doesn’t look too good.

“We are going there obviously two weeks [later] so potentially it’ll be even more cold. So it’s going to be completely different for the tyres, obviously, to get them to temperature, for the car set-up. And anything can happen going back to Europe and north of Europe with a bit of rain and stuff.”

Renault’s performance in wet conditions earlier this year gives Ocon confidence about his chances this weekend.

“We know we are quite capable of doing well on the rain,” he said. “The car’s been strong in Barcelona, in winter testing in the rain. I qualified fifth in Austria in the rain. So if it rains, we should be in decent shape as well.”

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