Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer has provided more insight about Esteban Ocon‘s race-ending hydraulics issue at the British Grand Prix.would have caught fire had he continued.
“Esteban had a hydraulic leak from a proprietary pump that we buy from our supplier,” Szafnauer explained. “And it’s just unfortunate.
“It’s a part we buy, and it’s a part that’s usually pretty robust and rarely fails. And it leaked. It leaked from an area of the pump where I think we adjust pressure on it.”
Szafnauer called it a “frustrating issue which we must resolve” as it is “the second time” the hydraulics has failed on an Alpine car this season. Ocon’s team mate Pierre Gasly had a fire-inducing hydraulic leak at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
He said the team has procedures in place to ensure parts it does not manufacturer are produced to the standard it requires.
“On suppliers, we have a quality assurance program where we go out and review their quality processes and procedures so that we’re happy that when we get a part from them, that’s gone through the right [process].
“But that’s generally with suppliers where we supply them a design and they make a part to our design. So we have that process in place, so we can be assured that when we choose a supplier they have all the quality operating systems in place.
“With big companies that are even better at that kind of stuff, we don’t. So if we buy wheels or if we buy ATL fuel cells or some of those components, this is one of them. They will go back, find the root cause, write a report, show us what happened, and tell us how it’s never going to happen again.”
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