Ocon hits out at Perez in Force India civil war

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Ocon hits out at Perez in Force India civil war
Charles Bradley
By: Charles Bradley
Jun 11, 2017, 7:59 PM

Force India’s Esteban Ocon has hit out at his teammate Sergio Perez after a frantic conclusion to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India VJM10 and Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10, Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India VJM10, Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H battle
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India VJM10, Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H battle
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India VJM10, Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H battle
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India VJM10, Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H battle

The team had been challenging Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for a podium finish, but its race descended into a civil war in the closing stages – which allowed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to pass both of them.

On multiple occasions previously, Perez’s engineer suggested swapping places with Ocon – who was on fresher tyres – to allow him to attack Ricciardo ahead. But Perez disagreed, and resolutely kept his position.

This backfired on the team when he dropped out of DRS range to Ricciardo in the closing stages, which left them prone to attack from Vettel – who was on a two-stop strategy and using fresh ultrasoft tyres.

Perez continued to defend hard against Ocon’s attack, which helped Vettel pass Ocon into Turn 1. Vettel then outbraked Perez a couple of laps later.

On the final lap, Perez aggressively protected his position against Ocon into the final chicane, taking the chequered flag a quarter of a second ahead in fifth.

On his in-lap, Ocon radioed: “He cannot do that. He cannot do that. He moved at the last moment. What is this? He cannot do that. This is not fair racing at all.

“This is not fair guys. This is not fair at all.”

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