Ocon and Alonso at loggerheads!

The atmosphere was tense last night at Alpine between Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso rejecting responsibility for the incidents of the first lap…

In the heat, the two men reacted quite violently: the Frenchman by targeting his teammate in half-words, the Spaniard by overwhelming him outright.

The stewards imposed a 5″ penalty on Alonso for their high-speed contact on the straight because he misjudged his opponent’s position.

Concerning their slight touch of turn n°4, Ocon estimated that the other Alpine “came out of nowhere” outside while his teammate underlined the Norman’s “loaded past” for his behavior on the track.

“It’s clearly not the kind of day we needed, sorry Esteban. We were optimistic going into the Sprint race after the good qualifying session on Friday but unfortunately the incident on the first lap put an end to our hopes. »

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“It’s a shame because we were very successful this weekend and we wanted to score as many points as possible in our fight for the championship, he insists. We will have to stick together as a team to fight our way through the pack tomorrow and get back in the points. »

“Unfortunately I hit Esteban on the first lap of the race and from there we lost pace, recognizes Fernando. This Sprint format is unfortunately too short to recover places after an unplanned stop. What is positive is that the car is very fast and we have a good race pace without degrading the tires too much. »

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