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Alpine changes Ocon’s power unit after car fire

Esteban Ocon at the Sao Paulo GP. Credits:

Alpine announced that they had changed the power unit on Esteban Ocon’s car after an incident after the Sprint.

Ocon’s car caught fire in the pit lane at the conclusion of the Sprint on Saturday. The fire was caused by a fuel leak.

Ahead of the Sao Paulo GP, Alpine confirmed that they had replaced the damaged power unit.

The power unit installed on Ocon’s car is one of those he has used before which means that the Frenchman will avoid the grid penalty.

“As a result of the fuel leak on Esteban’s car after Saturday’s Sprint qualifying and the subsequent damage caused by the fire – the team has changed his PU for today’s race from his pool,” Alpine’s statement read.

“This means he will not take a grid penalty and will start today’s race from the seventeenth place. The damaged parts on the chassis have also been replaced.”

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