The French Esteban Ocon starred in a real feat in the Turkish Grand Prix, 16th date of the World Cup F1 that was done in Istanbul. The pilot of Alpine was the only one of the competitors who did not enter the pits to change tires, a strategy that allowed him to arrive in tenth place.
Ocon was able to risk this tactic because the race was declared with a wet floor. This qualification exempts competitors from entering the pits to change tires and use another compound, something mandatory under normal conditions.
This alternative was jerked off by the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), although they finally decided to enter the pits at the end due to the risk of the tires breaking.
The reality of Ocon, who started 12th, was very different from that of his rivals, who were fighting for a place on the podium. With a slower lap pace he managed to cross the finish line and take the last point in play. Nonetheless, the tires showed tremendous demand.
“Getting a point is fantastic after a difficult weekend and a very long race. It was good to risk all the way on just one set of tires, something you don't see very often. It was difficult, but the tires held up just long enough and in the end we had a small reward for it. " summarized Ocon, who this year added in ten of the 16 GP's contested.
It is not the first time that a driver has reached the end of a Grand Prix without going into the pits. At 1997 Monaco GP the finnish Mika salo took the same stance as Ocon in the rain and finished with his Tyrell in fifth place in a race in which only ten cars came.
There is also an antecedent of 1961 Netherlands GP, which was left in the hands of the German Wolfgang Von Trips (Ferrari). In that test none of the 15 participants entered to change tires, who endured the 314 kilometers of the race without problems.