During the FP1, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon stopped their cars on track, and the red flag was shown to the drivers. The situation was not very clear, but Helmut Marko believes Perez was at fault.
The crash happened at Turn 5, Ocon was going slow, and he made room to let Perez pass since the Mexican was on a flying lap. However, there were some problems with the radio and the drivers could not communicate well with the team. The result was a crash between the two rivals, which forced them to retire. Perez broke his rear left tire while Ocon probably broke the front right suspension.
“The problem was that the pit radio was not working in its entirety. And that seems to have irritated most of the drivers. I don’t know what they have rear-view mirrors for,” said Marko.
Despite the radio problem, Helmut Marko strongly believes that the drivers must know where the other cars are. Then, he also said that it was not Ocon’s fault, but Perez was the one who made a mistake.
“This was clearly Perez’s fault, who passed Ocon, and then this incident happened. The damage is repairable, but of course, he lost time. But it was a difficult situation in general.”