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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Ocon faces Alpine wrath after crashing into teammate Gasly

By Vaseline May26,2024

Alpine's French driver Pierre Gasly before he was hit by his teammate (NICOLAS TUCAT)

Alpine’s French driver Pierre Gasly before he was hit by his teammate (NICOLAS TUCAT)

Esteban Ocon faced the wrath of his Alpine team and both possible disciplinary action and a grid penalty in Canada after crashing into teammate Pierre Gasly during Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The French driver tried to get past Gasly on the first lap, but only managed to cause a collision and raise his car before falling back to the ground.

His car was badly damaged and he was unable to continue, but that was just the beginning of the consequences for his reckless driving.

Team boss Bruno Famin said the incident would have consequences for Ocon. The race stewards hit him with a 10-second penalty, which became a five-place grid drop for the upcoming Canadian race and despite his subsequent apology, Gasly was left disappointed and upset. .

“I’m so disappointed for Esteban and for the whole team,” he said.

“It shouldn’t have happened. We have thousands of people working for us and we cannot afford this behavior. We had clear instructions for the race – and this was not respected.

“And you should never take so much risk to take out both cars with your teammate. I’m sure it will be discussed, but we can’t afford a similar situation to happen again in the future.”

Ocon apologized on Instagram, writing: “Today’s incident was my fault. In the end the gap was too small and I apologize to the team for this.

I hope for a deserved points finish for the team today.”

Famin said: “These types of incidents are quite sad. Esteban’s attack on Gasly was exactly what we did not want to see and we will draw the consequences.”

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