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Brazilian Grand Prix 2022

Alonso blasts Ocon after Brazil Sprint clashes

The Spanish driver was left firmly unimpressed with his teammate Esteban Ocon after two clashes in Brazil.

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Fernando Alonso has blasted teammate Esteban Ocon in the Brazilian Grand Prix Formula 1 Sprint race after contact ruined their races.

After claiming strong starting positions with sixth and seventh for the Sprint in Sao Paulo, but made contact on the opening lap twice.

At Turn 4, Ocon squeezed Alonso wide and off the track, while on the run up to the start/finish line the two drivers collided, damaging Alonso's front wing.

The 2023 Aston Martin driver was forced into a pitstop as Ocon carried damaged around - eventually finishing behind Alonso with the two coming home 15th and 18th.

Post-sprint, Alonso was not best pleased with his soon to be ex-teammate.

He was subsequently handed a five second time penalty and was two penalty points.

Alonso blasts Ocon

"[It] was sad, but the pace of the car was very good today," Alonso explained to media.

"We recovered to P15, so if we keep going at this rate tomorrow, I think we're going to still score two points. So let's hope for that.

"Obviously it is one more race until it is over, so I am looking forward to Abu Dhabi.

"I nearly went onto the wall in Jeddah, I remember also in Budapest and now today, so nothing to talk [about].

"So, it's the way these things are. Sometimes it’s very competitive inside the team.

"It happened to him with Perez, with Verstappen here unlapping himself [in 2018], so it’s one more race."

For his part, Ocon was sure he had done nothing wrong.

"It was obviously not the way we wanted to finish this race, and I got damage on my car [which caught fire in parc ferme].

"So not the ideal situation for the team obviously. I was trying to attack the McLaren into Turn 4 and focusing on them.

"I was on the inside and then Fernando came on the outside and that was that was quite unexpected."

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