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Famin: There will be appropriate consequences [for Ocon]

Famin: There will be appropriate consequences [for Ocon]

Famin: There will be appropriate consequences [for Ocon]

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon will face consequences for a costly first lap collision with Formula 1 teammate Pierre Gasly at the Monaco Grand Prix, principal Bruno Famin said on Sunday.

Ocon was handed a 10 second penalty, translated into a five place grid drop for the next race in Canada, after stewards ruled he caused the collision at Portier that pitched his car high into the air and out of the race.

“It was clear to us that the collision was caused solely by the overly ambitious overtaking attempt, from too far back,” they said.

Ocon apologized afterwards on social media, recognizing the collision was his fault and the gap he went for had been too small.

Famin told Canal+ television: “It’s sad, this kind of incident. It’s exactly what we didn’t want to see. And there will be the appropriate consequences.”

Gasly finished 10th for the final point, doubling Alpine’s tally so far in eight races. The Frenchman said such incidents should not happen between team mates.

“It was a clear instruction from the team on what to do, what we were supposed to do, and this wasn’t respected,” he told reporters.

“Potentially we could have maybe scored points with both cars. We’ll talk about it, I’m sure we’ll move on and find solutions in the future,” he added.

Qualifying was a missed opportunity

Later in Alpine’s race report, Gasly pointed out the positives, he said: “It feels good to score my first point of the season and the team deserves it, considering how much work they have put in during the last couple of weeks to improve our performance.

“Monaco is a place full of opportunities, especially in Qualifying, which we seized by reaching Q3 for the first time this year. Had we maximized Q3, more points were probably possible. As a team we will review many things.

“After the red flag, the race was very uneventful and it was just about managing tyres and pace all the way to the chequered flag where, in the end, the outcome is a deserved point for the team,” he concluded.

Famin shared Gasly’s sentiments regarding qualifying, he added in the team report: “Today’s result was largely defined by yesterday’s Qualifying and, as a team, one point is how it has ended up.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” he admitted. “We probably did not maximize yesterday’s Qualifying but from where we ended Friday to where we have ended Sunday is clearly a positive outcome.

“As a team we will review and manage the incident between both cars behind closed doors. We must avoid situations that have the potential to compromise the team,” the Alpine boss maintained.

As for Ocon, he commented: “I made a mistake today so I apologize to the entire team for the incident and the retirement. In the end, the team scored points as we set out to do and that’s the most important thing for our ambitions.

“There was too much damage sustained to my car to resume the race despite the best efforts of the team during the red flag stop.

“We will review everything as a team and come back stronger together. We are all pushing to score points. Mistakes do happen and we move on,” Ocon insisted. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional reporting by GrandPrix247)