Gasly and Ocon’s accident reminded Ricciardo of the incident in Baku

One of the episodes of the Monaco Grand Prix that remained in the memories of fans was a first lap incident at Portier corner, involving Alpine drivers, after which Esteban Ocon retired from the race.

His actions on the track towards his partner were unjustifiably aggressive, but because of this he was unlucky: car No. 31 flew quite high into the air and at the moment of a hard landing the suspension was broken and the gearbox was damaged.

Bruno Famen, the team boss, said “radical measures” would be taken and, according to Sky Sports News, although no decision has been made yet, there was a risk of Esteban being banned for a period of one race. Yesterday a serious personal conversation took place between Famen and Ocon, and Esteban has already apologized, but now we can only wait for information about the consequences of this story.

Incidents between teammates are not uncommon in motorsport, and what happened in Monaco brought back certain memories for Daniel Ricciardo. Yesterday he started behind the Alpine riders and therefore witnessed their collision on the track.

“It all happened not far from me, although Lance Stroll was certainly closer, so I had more time to react,” said Daniel after the finish. “But before everything happened, the wheels of their cars touched three times.”

To be honest, it reminded me of the accident in Baku in 2018, because before that there were also contacts between Max Verstappen’s cars and my cars two or three times. Of course, the Monaco incident developed much faster and I saw that it was inevitable. Sometimes things happen between partners that just make sparks fly.

When everything happened, I wasn’t surprised because I saw that none of them wanted to give in. I know how it goes, so I’m sure their team wasn’t happy.

Ricciardo also commented on the results of his race, in which he finished twelfth, driving the entire distance behind Alonso’s Aston Martin: “If I had looked at the back of Fernando’s car last year, it would have meant I had a chance had to get on stage! Driving behind Fernando usually means your day is going well. Unfortunately not this time.”

Source: F1 News

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