Sergio Perez claims that while Esteban Ocon had the measure of him in qualifying, he was the superior race driver throughout the 2018 season.
However, Perez finished 12 points ahead of his teammate in the driver’s standings, with the Mexican securing eighth place in the Driver’s Championship.
Speaking to Darshan Chokhani from FormulaRapida, Perez said: “I think in qualifying he probably had the upper hand although the gap between us in qualifying is less than a tenth.
“He was more often in front in quali than myself. But I think the gap in the race is much bigger than qualifying.
“In the race I thought I did the bigger difference, always on the pace, the pace was a bit stronger in the race.
“We were very close again but I think he was just a little bit better in qualifying and I was quite a bit better in the race.”
Perez will have a new teammate for 2019 in the form of young Canadian Lance Stroll, whose father Lawrence Stroll led a consortium which purchased the bankrupt Force India team in August, before re-branding them as Racing Point.
As a result, Ocon was drafted as a reserve driver for the Mercedes team in 2019. But, Valtteri Bottas has a threat looming over him to perform well, or else Ocon is waiting in the wings.
So the question is, will we see Esteban Ocon make an appearance in 2020? The Frenchman certainly has the talent and only time will tell.