Ocon frustrated with penalty for unsafe release

Esteban Ocon at the Emilia Romagna GP. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter).

Esteban Ocon has shared his thoughts about the time penalty he was given during the Emilia Romagna GP.

Ocon almost had a contact with Lewis Hamilton when the Frenchman was leaving his pit box on lap 19. The Frenchman was given a 5-second time penalty for unsafe release. He crossed the finish line in 11th place, but dropped down to 14th in the standings because of the penalty.

Ocon stated that he had to avoid pit equipment in his way.

“It’s a little bit frustrating, for sure. We’re P11 and of course with that unsafe release, five seconds, that hurts our position,” he said.

“But I think what hurt that is really the tube that was left quite in the middle, almost at the fast lane. I had to squeeze Lewis because of that tube that was hanging.”

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