Ocon and Perez clash again in Hungary

Date published: July 30 2017 - Editor

Esteban Ocon accused Sergio Perez of "ripping off my floor" after the two Force India cars made contact with each other at the first corner of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The two team-mates have developed a habit of potentially compromising each other's race after run-ins in Canada, Azerbaijan and now Hungary.

Perez came through on the inside of his team-mate at Turn 1 of the Hungaoring and the pair touched cars before Ocon was forced off the track completely.

“It was a pretty messy start,” said Ocon, who would finish P9.

“I don’t know what Sergio did but he probably missed a bit his braking point and ripped off my floor so it could have been a bit worse.

“At the end, it’s a double points finish for the team, which is great looking at how difficult it was for us this weekend.

“In front of one McLaren and both Renaults, we can go on holiday happy.”

Perez finished P8 to claim another double-points finish for the team, but described Hungary as his "worst weekend" yet.

“It damaged my front wing, which didn’t affect too much the balance but in general the picture wasn’t good,” said Perez. “It’s been my worst weekend of season in terms of speed.

“I’ve been struggling a lot with the car, so I’m glad we went forwards and scored good points.”

Team boss Bob Fernley then shrugged off the clash, stating: “It was very minor, just a first-corner incident, one was leaning on the other a bit.

“They both came through with good results, so it’s not an issue. One of those things, so many cars into that corner. You’ve got to accept it cost a little to Esteban, it wasn’t a negative.”