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Ocon's Monaco Incident Sparks Alpine Dilemma

Alpine Faces Tough Decisions on Ocon’s Future

30/05/2024

Alpine F1 grapples with Esteban Ocon’s future following his Monaco collision, with Red Bull’s Helmut Marko highlighting the challenge of proving clear intent in such situations.

While Flavio Briatore might make a spectacular return to Alpine F1 management as a supervisor tasked with leveraging his contacts to recruit top engineering talent, the French team has yet to communicate the consequences of the collision between Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly in Monaco.

The harsh words of Bruno Famin have sparked much speculation about the type of sanction the French director might impose on Ocon: from financial penalties to being benched for a race, everything has been discussed.

However, the scenario of excluding Ocon from the Canadian GP seems the least plausible.

Red Bull F1 consultant Dr Helmut Marko asserts that Ocon’s situation is a genuine problem for Alpine, one that needs to be managed in the best possible way.

“This happened twice at Red Bull Racing. Once in 2018 with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in Baku, and once with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in Turkey in 2010.”

“In both cases, we summoned the two drivers to the company, openly discussed the incidents with them, and made it clear that such collisions with teammates were simply unacceptable.”

Marko states it would be “difficult” for Alpine to sideline Ocon.

“It is challenging to implement measures in such cases because it would require proving clear intent, which is not the case here.”

“The driver (Ocon) says he misjudged the situation, meaning there is no clear intent. The issue at Alpine, however, is that this was not the first time, and I think that makes things even more delicate.”

“What can you do when a driver repeatedly fails to listen?”

Ocon's Monaco Incident Sparks Alpine Dilemma

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