Esteban Ocon, Force India, Paul Ricard, 2018

Ocon: Grosjean ended race before Gasly

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Esteban Ocon’s home Grand Prix ends in disappointment a mere three turns in, after collisions with the two other French drivers in F1.

Speaking to media, Ocon said that the first collision, with Romain Grosjean, was what took him out of the race and contact with Gasly merely confirmed it.

Of the turn one collision, he said “I took a good start, you know I was alongside Romain. I had one wheel already over the white line so I was already on the edge of the track. There was nothing, nobody on the side of Romain and I got a massive hit, so already from that I would have retired the hit was so big and after that Pierre lost it on the brake and hit me from the back.”

Sounding appropriately miserable, after not completing even half a lap of his home Grand Prix he said “Very disappointing to be honest …. for such a long time I wanted to race in front of my home crowd and to end if after three corners is really a shame.”

Grosjean has subsequently been handed a five-second time penalty, for the collision Ocon says dealt the blow to his car, when asked if he thought Gasly should be investigated – “I’ve looked at the onboard footage and I already think it will be under investigation, I think Romain will be after… but at the end we are both out of the race. The first incident was the one that put me there.”

Both Ocon and Gasly were called to the stewards following the French Grand Prix and issued reprimands, considered equally responsible for the clash but with no further penalty.

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9 comments on “Ocon: Grosjean ended race before Gasly”

  1. Crashjean strikes again, but also the return of the ”crash kid.”

  2. All the French collided today.

  3. They do say the French are a passionate people, but cars kissing never ends well.

    Very interesting, though, because I went through the whole race thinking it was Gasly who was primarily at fault.

  4. Now I need onboard footage.

  5. pastaman (@)
    24th June 2018, 20:19

    Not sure how Gasly was at fault for anything. Ocon went all the way across the track into the turn and left nowhere for Gasly to go.

  6. First lap nutcase.

  7. Grosjean again. Getting sick to death of this guy wasting space in a good midfield seat.

    1. And that’s now 27-0 to Magnussen. The guy has no future in the sport.

      1. He just plain annoys me. The supposedly sportsmanly gestures hugging the mechanics in Australia juxtaposed with the crying and whining on the radio, throwing his gloves around, knocking aside the camera in France and the endless excuses. Just get him out please!

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