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Brundle: No team would entertain Ocon mentality

Brundle: No team would entertain Ocon mentality

Brundle: No team would entertain Ocon mentality

Martin Brundle, former Formula 1 driver turned respected pundit, reflected on Esteban Ocon’s crash in Monaco with teammate Pierre Gasly insisting the former’s mentality won’t do him any good in the future.

While the Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez were having a brain fade moment in the run up to the Casino Square on Lap 1 of the 2024 Monaco GP crashing heavily and taking out Nico Hulkenberg in the process, Ocon further down the road was having a road rage moment of his own, banging wheels with his teammate at the entrance of the tunnel, taking himself out of the race.

Gasly, who survived the incident, went on the continued the Red-flagged race and score one point for Alpine.

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It is not the first time Ocon pulls out something stupid like this, and has a history of clashing with teammates, and while Alpine boss Bruno Famin promised consequences, it is yet to be seen how the French team manage the situation going forward.

In his Sky Sports F1 column, Brundle weighed in on the incident of the Alpine drivers, admitting Ocon needs to reconsider his approach to racing.

He wrote: “Ocon is a fine and fast racing driver, but history clearly demonstrates that he has an irrational red mist when it comes to racing, particularly against his team-mates.

You simply can’t keep attacking your teammate

“He has been heavily criticized before by Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso for his intra-team aggression and contact, and now Gasly too.

“It will cost Esteban heavily as no front running team would entertain that kind of mentality, or even perhaps any team,” the Briton warned.

Brundle went on the explain the repercussions of any F1 driver’s on-track behavior on the whole support system behind him.

He added: “A driver represents hundreds of hard working and professional people, and hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and sponsorship when driving for an F1 team.

“You simply can’t keep attacking your one team-mate with abandon,” Brundle insisted in conclusion.

Ocon has since apologized for the incident in Monaco saying on social media: “Today’s [Sunday] incident was my fault. The gap was too small in the end and I apologize to the team on this one.”

Worth noting that Ocon’s current contract with Alpine runs out at the end of the 2024 F1 season, the Monaco incident definitely not helping an extension talks.

There has also been speculation that Alpine, as unlikely as that may be, might consider benching Ocon for the upcoming race in Canada – where he will serve a five-place grid penalty for his crash with Gasly in Monaco.

The team may consider putting their reserve driver Jack Doohan in the car with Ocon returning for the Spanish Grand Prix.