Ocon at odds with Monza penalty for 'racing motion'

Esteban Ocon disagreed with the Italian Grand Prix stewards’ choice at hand him a time penalty for a “racing motion” with Sebastian Vettel just like one which went unpunished at Monza in 2019 between Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton.

Ocon and Vettel have been battling for place simply exterior the top-ten within the early phases of final Sunday’s race when the pair barred right down to Monza’s second chicane.

Ocon entered the braking zone for the Variante della Roggia and drifted over to the racing line, with Vettel on the skin.

The Alpine’s rear proper wheel touched the Aston Martin’s left entrance because the Frenchman failed to go away a automobile’s width on the skin, a contact and misdemeanor that earned Ocon a five-second time penalty, which he mentioned squandered his probabilities of a top-ten end.

However Ocon failed to grasp why he had been punished when an nearly similar transfer by Leclerc on Hamilton on the similar nook two years in the past was not sanctioned on the time by the stewards.

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“The incident with Sebastian is a racing motion, it is probably not a racing incident,” Ocon mentioned. “As a result of the identical occurred to Charles and Lewis in 2019, and there was no motion there taken.

“So, we’ve no injury on the automobile, nothing actually occurred. That induced me a superb three locations, I might say. So, it is a bit irritating.

“We have been aspect by aspect, a bit too shut, however mainly the observe narrows when you arrive on braking. I did not actually transfer the steering wheel.

“It is simply that the observe simply narrows and that is what occurred precisely with Charles and Lewis and if that incident did not have any penalties or issues like that, then mine should not have as effectively, as a result of it is two of the identical factor.

“So, I usually agree with the stewards, however this time I disagree with each I’ve to say.”

FIA race director Michael Masi accepted the similarities between Ocon’s transfer and the Leclerc/Hamilton skirmish referenced by the Alpine charger however famous that the stewards view on the latter had subsequently modified.

“Comparable, however not the identical,” Masi replied, alluding to the comparability.

“Secondly, after the 2019 one we did an entire dialogue with all the drivers, group principals and sporting administrators. And it was form of deemed in that scenario that in all probability a five-second penalty would have been higher than a black and white [flag]. So, precisely what took place.”

Earlier within the race, Ocon was ordered to offer again a spot to Nicholas Latifi after the Frenchman had reduce the nook at Flip 4 and gained a bonus over the Canadian.

Nonetheless, regardless of the 2 setbacks that left Ocon P10 on the checkered flag, the Alpine driver most well-liked to concentrate on the larger image at Monza.

“That race does not replicate the work we have finished this weekend. It was a troublesome weekend by way of tempo for us, however I believe P7 or P6 would have been attainable,” Ocon added.

“So yeah, a bit irritating with the incidents that occurred on observe, the penalties.”

“We will all the time extract extra from what the automobile is succesful to do on race day, and likewise in qualifying. Just lately we have been very robust on that and to have each automobiles once more scoring, even when it is small factors, it will be important for us.”

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