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No further action taken after FP1 collision between Perez and Ocon

Esteban Ocon. Credits: Alpine.

After their collision during the first Practice session of the Imola Grand Prix weekend, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez both agreed that no one was guilty of the accident. The stewards, therefore, decided not to take further action.

After 36 minutes of practice, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon both had to stop their single-seaters on the side of the track, after a collision. The Formula One organization is currently facing some broadcasting and radio communication issues at Imola. These issues did not allow the FIA to review clear images of the accident, as only the aftermath of the collision was broadcasted on live TV.

After the session, the two former teammates appeared before the race Stewards and they both agreed that no one was guilty of this accident because of the lack of radio communications between them and their respective teams. The stewards’ statement says:

“Ocon slowed before Turn 5 in order to let Perez by, as well as moving entirely to the inside of the turn. Perez was on a fast lap. The two cars reached the apex at the same time, and just barely touched wheels.”

“In the end, both drivers agreed in the hearing that it was an unfortunate miscommunication of timing between them, not helped by the fact that both drivers had limited or no communications with their teams at the time.”

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