Esteban Ocon’s retirement at the Styrian Grand Prix was caused by a cooling issue on his Renault, he has confirmed.
The Frenchman was running solidly in the points at the start of his second race back on the grid. On Lap 17 he was in P6 battling his team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, who eventually got past two laps later.
However, his race abruptly came to an end when he was instructed to pull into the pits to retire.
It meant that Renault has finished both of the opening two races with just one car still running, and Ocon put the DNF down to a cooling issue.
“Yeah we are suspecting a cooling issue with the car,” he said after his retirement.
“It’s very unfortunate to see that – of course, it’s motorsport – but we are investigating to see what it is exactly and to not have it again.”
Ricciardo also retired with a cooling problem last weekend. However, Ocon is unsure if the two issues are exactly the same.
“I have no idea,” he added.
“We still have to investigate to see what it is exactly.”
While Ricciardo did manage to finish the race inside the points, his also ended largely with disappointment as a late battle with Lance Stroll and Lando Norris saw him drop down two positions from P6 to P8.
With the weather set to be warm for the next race in Budapest next weekend, Renault will be desperate to solve their cooling issue before then and begin to make up ground on their rivals in the championship.
Currently, they have four points compared to McLaren’s 39 and Racing Point’s 22. After Ferraris early struggles, they’ll also have the Italian team in their sights.