MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 07: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM10 on track during day one of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 7, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Esteban Ocon was on duty for the Force India F1 team on Tuesday as they began their final preparations ahead of the 2017 F1 season opener in Melbourne Australia in a little over two weeks’ time,

It was a very busy day for the young Frenchman as he covered more than two complete race distances, lapping the Spanish track 142 times before the session came to a close.

The day’s programme was varied as they continued their correlation work for the mapping of the car and did further work on the 2017 tyres. It was also a good occasion for Esteban to work with the team on some of their race weekend procedures.

“I am very happy with our work,” he said. “To complete more than 140 laps without issues is a good effort and allowed us to cover a lot of ground. We did some long stints and also some performance runs, which were very interesting: we kept working on both the chassis and the tyres, but we managed to include aero and engine work too. I can see we are making progress compared to last week: every time we go out we get to try new solutions and I feel we are moving in the right direction.”