Ocon Confident Future Perez Battles will be Fair


Esteban Ocon expects clean battles going forward with team-mate Sergio Perez - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Esteban Ocon is confident that he and Sahara Force India F1 Team team-mate Sergio Perez will battle cleanly in future after clear-the-air talks between the Azerbaijan and Austrian Grand Prix.

The two drivers clashed during the race around the Baku City Circuit, causing damage to both cars and ending their chance of a podium finish, although Ocon, after a pit stop to replace a punctured tyre, salvaged sixth position at the chequered flag, his seventh points finish in eight races.

Force India have told both drivers they are clear to race one another on track, but they have been warned about future contact, with Ocon revealing that both drivers are likely to be more careful when going wheel-to-wheel.

“For sure we’ll be together, it starts to be close between us,” said Ocon to Motorsport.com. “We will fight fair. The team will let us race, they talked to us both.

“I went to the factory before to discuss about it, and they talked to him as well here. We just have to not touch, as simple as that.

“We will both be more careful, not only me, but him as well. We’ll keep racing fair.”