Manor drivers at odds over late race collision

Date published: November 29 2016 - Editor

Esteban Ocon has blamed Pascal Wehrlein for the contact late in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP while the German argues that he was the one who wasn’t given any room.

Battling over 13th place at the Yas Marina circuit, Ocon came up behind Wehrlein and tried to overtake.

On fresher rubber Ocon, who is off to Force India next season, tried to go around the outside of his team-mate at Turn 11.

The two made contact and both ran off the track. Ocon finished 13th to Wehrlein’s P14.

“I was on a different strategy, had more pace at the end,” the Frenchman explained.

“I went to the outside but he didn’t leave any space, so we collided, I had to go off track.

“This race, all the overtakes I did, someone crashed into me. [Kevin] Magnussen crashed into me at the start, then [Felipe] Nasr when I was on the outside of him, he turned into me… and Pascal is the same, he didn’t leave me space, he locked up.

“There was a lot of damage everywhere on the car, but I didn’t lose so much downforce, so it was alright.”

Wehrlein was surprised by his team-mate’s comments.

“I didn’t leave him room on the outside?” he said.

“If he would watch to the right side, I think there was more than 100 metres left for him.

“I think the guy on the inside maybe didn’t have enough room, but if it was him on the outside and he didn’t have enough room, I don’t know.

“Nothing happened, so in the end we both went wide and cut the chicane.”