Ocon Lucky to Get Away With Just a Push: Christian Horner

November 12, 2018 1:49 am

Seeing Max Verstappen lose his race victory because of Esteban Ocon’s antics, Christian Horner went on to say that Ocon was lucky to have gotten away with just a push.

After the race, Verstappen went on to confront the Force India driver and started pushing him making it an altogether ugly scenario. Ocon was left quite shocked seeing Max’s reactions and even asked the FIA to look into Max’s violent antics.

All of this is because in a bizarre incident, Ocon tried to unlap himself from the race leader Verstappen and went on to collide with him. Because of this, Verstappen lost the lead and hence the race to Lewis Hamilton.

“I think Max has been pretty restrained, it cost him a grand prix victory,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.

“He’s driven his heart out with a damaged car – Esteban was lucky to get away with a push to be honest.

“Emotions are running high and I told him to just get yourself under control on the cool down lap,” Horner added.

“He’s lost a victory through no fault of his own today.”

Horner said he could not understand the thinking behind what exactly was Ocon doing.

“The lead car has just lapped the Force India and it’s clear you shouldn’t interfere, as a lapped car, with the leader,” he added.

“What on earth Ocon was thinking there, it just beggars belief. Why on earth is he racing the leader?

“He’s a lap down, he doesn’t have the pace and he’s chucked the car up the inside there. It just makes absolutely no sense at all.”

Both Ocon and Verstappen have been called in by the FIA to discuss the post race confrontation by Verstappen. Ocon was penalised before hand during the race with a 10s stop go penalty which dropped him way at the back while Verstappen finished in the second position.

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