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“These races that are special to us” – Esteban Ocon defends French and Monegasque with their uncertain future

Ocon finished ninth in the recent Monaco Grand Prix but because of a penalty ended the race without points.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 6 June 2022 11:26 am

French F1 driver Esteban Ocon has expressed his disappointment about the recent Monaco Grand Prix. The race was a classic Monegasque race as it had a very low number of overtakes along with several delays, stoppages and red flags. 

“I’m following the conversations obviously and seeing how that’s going but yeah, it doesn’t look too nice,” Ocon said at the Monaco Grand Prix. “It is very disappointing. I’ve been living in my young career when the Grand Prix was not there. Then it came back, and I’ve been very lucky and very fortunate to race there. We have it this year, and we are going to enjoy it to the fullest,” he further added. 

As the Monaco Grand Prix’s spot on the calendar is no longer as safe as earlier, but Ocon highlighted the importance of preserving some of Formula One’s most historic races. “I think there are countries that we need to race in,” he explained. “France is part of that. Belgium is part of that, Monaco is part of that. We should keep, you know, these races that are special to us and see what we do with them.”

“They can’t take the result away like that. This is favouritism,” Ocon

Whereas Ocon had some controversial thoughts from the last Monaco race as he had some battles with seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton for the eighth position, as the Mercedes driver struggled to get past. 

However, on lap 18, both drivers came together at Sainte Devote where Ocon turned in on Hamilton and hence the Alpine driver was given a five-second penalty. He finished the race in the ninth place but was demoted to a non-points finish because of the penalty. 

Ocon after the race said, “They can’t take the result away like that. This is favouritism. Crash into me or get the penalty, what is this – we can’t see in the mirrors here! They said that if it was last year, it would have been a racing incident,” the Frenchman revealed. “This year it is not a racing incident.

“Apparently we all agreed as GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers’ Association) that as soon as there is a front wing next to a tyre, there should be space. But I don’t remember when this has been agreed,” he continued.

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