Sahara Force India driver Esteban Ocon has admitted he’ll be more careful when battling with team-mate Sergio Perez.
The pair have engaged in conflict with each other over the course of the season, with Perez holding back Ocon during the Canadian Grand Prix which cost the team a possible podium finish. Tension started to grow between the two drivers after the race in Baku when Ocon and Perez collided with each other, causing damage for both cars and ruining both drivers’ races.
At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Perez ran into the side of Ocon as they braked into Turn 1, with both drivers suffering damage but were able to continue to grab a eighth and ninth result respectively.
When talking to Motorsport.com, Ocon has said that he aims to be more careful when battling with team-mate Perez in the future.
“In any case, you don’t want to touch with another car. It’s because it’s the same team, you don’t take as much risk.” said Ocon.
“That’s my view on it and I hope he takes it into account as well. The team said no contact. I’m respecting that and I hope he will in the future.”
The incident occurred then Ocon, Perez and Mclaren Honda‘s Stoffel Vandoorne went three-wide into Turn 1. With the Mclaren on the inside, making the corner too tight for all three cars which caused the Force India’s to make contact with one another.
The Mexican driver spoke about the collision after the race in Hungary, claiming that he has no problems with Ocon and the team aims to move on from their clashes.
“The team spoke to him when he put me in the wall in Baku. After this one, the team hasn’t said anything because there is nothing to be said. We try to move on and try to do the best job as possible.”
Ocon has stated that he would speak to Perez about the incident but he doesn’t expect it to get heated.
“I think we are OK. We’re professional drivers. I’m not going to go at him and punch him in the face. We push ourselves hard on track and that makes our performance go up.”
“In the end, for the team it’s a good thing. We don’t have the fastest car all the time. It’s probably thanks to that [rivalry] that we are always there.”