Emilia Romagna GP: Details Emerge of Perez and Ocon’s Unseen FP1 Collision

Published 04/16/2021, 8:47 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The single biggest talking point from the first free practice session in Imola was the collision between Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon that brought out the red flags. However, what was bizarre about the incident was that no one quite knew what happened because not a single camera caught it. But now finally we have some light shed on the event.

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As speculated earlier, it was indeed a collision and not that Ocon ran into Perez’s debris after the latter spun out in Turn 5.

The end result of that collision was both cars sustained damage and were ruled out of the remainder of FP1, of which there were only 15 minutes left.

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No action taken on either Sergio Perez or Esteban Ocon for collision

After their tangle, both drivers were summoned by the Stewards. Perez and Ocon were both sporting. They acknowledged the fact that neither was to blame for the incident. And in the end the Stewards passed their verdict stating neither driver would be penalized.

The Stewards then proceeded to publish a report of their decision.

This report stated, “Ocon slowed before Turn 5 in order to let Perez by, as well as moving entirely to the inside of the turn. Perez was on a fast lap. The two cars reached the apex at the same time, and just barely touched wheels.

“In the end, both drivers agreed in the hearing that it was an unfortunate miscommunication of timing between them, not helped by the fact that both drivers had limited or no communications with their teams at the time.

“Both drivers agreed that neither was at fault. The Stewards therefore take no further action.”

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Perez and Ocon ended FP1 as the 16 and 17 fastest drivers on display. Neither would have wanted that ahead of a big weekend. However, they’d be grateful for the fact that neither car seems totally damaged.

It remains to be seen whether they’ll get a shot to hit the track in FP2. But one can be rest assured they’d be ready to take on qualifying on Saturday.

Can Perez and Ocon put this crash behind them and push for a solid grid position tomorrow? We shall soon see.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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