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Esteban Ocon

Ocon's victory finally sinks in: It definitely feels real now

The Alpine driver has revealed his victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix has only just sunk in ahead of Formula 1's return to action this weekend.

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Alpine driver Esteban Ocon admits he still feels incredibly special about his maiden Grand Prix win in Hungary prior to the summer break.

Ocon became Formula 1's 111th race winner after a remarkable drive to hold off Sebastian Vettel, who was later disqualified for a fuel sample infringement.

"I was not expecting to be entering this race after the summer break as the latest Formula 1 race winner," said Ocon.

"It's still an incredibly special feeling and it was very well timed as I've spent the last couple of weeks relaxing with family and friends letting it sink in. I can tell you, it definitely feels real now!"

Ocon's victory moved him up to 10th in the Drivers' Championship at the halfway mark of the season. With the potential of wet weather this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, he is eager to take advantage of any chances that come his way.

"Now the time is to focus on restarting the season and that begins in Belgium," continued Ocon. "We enjoyed the moment in Hungary and, of course, repeating that feeling would be fantastic, but we will remain realistic and do our best for a strong result.

"The weather might be interesting so, if it's dry or wet, we will be ready to take any opportunity.

"Spa is a very special place for me. I have some nice memories there like making my Formula 1 debut back in 2016, then qualifying in third place in 2018 in tricky conditions and even last year when, as a team, we finished fourth and fifth.

"Of course, it's where we lost Anthoine and we will always race with him in our thoughts. It's just a fantastic circuit, full of history and some amazing corners, especially in a modern Formula 1 car, like Raidillon, Pouhon and Blanchimont."

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