SAO PAULO, Brazil — Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has insinuated Esteban Ocon’s collision with Max Verstappen on the Brazilian Grand Prix was linked to his standing as a Mercedes junior driver.
After labeling Esteban Ocon a “f—ing fool” following their controversial collision on the Brazilian Grand Prix, a livid Max Verstappen repeatedly shoved the Drive India driver after the race.
Esteban Ocon has defended his half in a collision with Max Verstappen on the Brazilian Grand Prix and labelled the Red Bull driver unprofessional for physcially pushing him within the aftermath of the race.
Verstappen was cruising to victory when Ocon tried to unlap himself in the beginning of lap 44. The pair tangled on the first nook and spun off the circuit, permitting Lewis Hamilton to inherit the lead from Verstappen, who obtained going once more with a broken automotive.
Verstappen went on to end second however was livid with Ocon submit-race. The Frenchman had obtained a ten-second cease-go penalty within the race, essentially the most extreme penalty under disqualification. Marko, the person who oversees Red Bull’s driver programme and orchestrated Verstappen’s rise to the senior group from Toro Rosso in 2016, believes Ocon should be made to miss the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the incident.
“A Mercedes driver, who’s promised a seat for 2020, that crashes into the main automotive — unbelievable,” Marko instructed Germany’s Motorsport-Magazin. “They should have instructed him ‘that is the chief, he has new tyres, do not assault him.’
“After which this fool will get a ten-second penalty. I might have anticipated a race ban.”
When the quote was learn to Wolff in his personal submit-race media session, he mentioned: “That is how Dr Marko sees the world and I would like to depart it with that.
“I do not need to go on this stage. We’ve got a fifth world championship to rejoice at the moment.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner was much less suspicious of the incident and as an alternative merely questioned what Ocon’s logic had been. He additionally referenced Verstappen and Ocon’s junior careers — they have been rivals in karting, and Ocon beat Verstappen to the 2014 European System three championship.
“I believe that is a coincidence, I do not consider there was any instruction,” Horner mentioned. “There may be clearly historical past between the 2 drivers. I believe it was simply a very unhealthy judgement name by Ocon — he is a lap down, he isn’t even within the factors, and he is racing the race chief!”
Verstappen was livid with Ocon after the race and confronted the Frenchman on the weighing space, shoving his former rival a number of occasions. The drivers have been later summoned to the stewards for that incident.
The stewards later dominated that Verstappen should full “two days of public service” throughout the subsequent six months to atone for the observe-up incident.