What About Hamilton-Leclerc? Ocon Bashes F1’s Double-Standards After His Incident With Vettel

Published 09/14/2021, 12:46 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Esteban Ocon finished the Italian Grand Prix in P10 to take the final point in the race. But the Alpine driver had an eventful race as he was given a 5-second penalty for clashing with Sebastian Vettel. The decision left Ocon unable to challenge for more points.

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The Frenchman was not pleased with the penalty and called out the stewards for not being consistent when giving penalties. He stated that the incident from the 2019 battle with Leclerc and Hamilton, at Monza, was similar to his and Seb’s.

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“I got the five-second penalty for Seb”: Esteban Ocon

As reported by Motorsport-Week, Ocon mentioned that his defense on Seb was similar to Charles’s defense on Lewis in Monza 2019. On that day, the stewards did not give Leclerc any penalty, but Ocon got a 5- second-time penalty.

“We’ve worked extremely hard on a difficult weekend and we lost out on some racing incidents which for once I disagree with, what happened in the race,” Ocon said.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“I got the five-second penalty for Seb. The same happened to Lewis and Charles in 2019. The track basically becomes more narrow. We had a little contact, but no damage between the two cars,” stated the Alpine driver.

“That five-second was quite costly in the end and I also had to give the position back to Nicholas [Latifi] at the [re]start, which to me, doesn’t feel correct because I didn’t really gain an advantage on that one,” said Ocon about how the penalty impacted his race.

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The Alpine driver analyzes his performance at the Italian Grand Prix

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Esteban Ocon finished in the points with his teammate Alonso, who also finished in the points in P8. Ocon mentioned he was a bit frustrated he couldn’t get more performance out of the car.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“It was an eventful race. We managed to score points with both cars. We clearly extracted a good amount of performance from it. It’s a bit frustrating but we’ll come back stronger at the next one.” said Ocon.

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Alpine are currently fifth in the constructors’ championship ahead of AlphaTauri. While both Alpine cars finished in points, the Italian team had both drivers in the garage before the first part of the race.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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