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Esteban Ocon

Full Ocon team radio transcript as anger boils at Alpine team order

Esteban Ocon was furious at an Alpine team order in the closing laps of the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Esteban Ocon has hit out at Alpine's team orders in the Canadian Grand Prix, after waving team-mate Pierre Gasly through. 

In the closing stages, Ocon was ordered to let Gasly past so that he could attack eighth-placed Daniel Ricciardo - a call he felt made "no sense" owing to there being just two laps to go and Ricciardo being 2.5s ahead of him. 

However, he complied with the request, but was furious the order was not reversed on the final lap as Gasly did not pass Ricciardo, the trio finishing eighth-ninth-and 10th, as Alpine scored double points for the first time this season. 

Ocon, who is leaving the team at the end of the season, had put in a strong race, climbing from 18th and last on the grid to a points position - and hit out at Alpine's handling of the situation.

"I am happy for the team to be able to score with both cars, but the order should have been reversed on this occasion," Ocon told Sky Sports F1. 

"I got the instructions to let Pierre past, with two laps to go to catch Daniel who was two-and-a-half seconds in front, so the call made no sense.

"But I did my part of the job, which is always being a team player. I've always respected the instructions I have been given - that has always been the case - and have never done anything different in my career.

"I have done my job, but not the team. It is very sad.

"I started last, we took the right decisions at every point and I was able to fight a lot of quicker cars in that moment, it felt good, but it was a bit bitter end, but I am optimistic for the rest of the year."

The full team radio transcript is available below.

Full transcript of Ocon's conservation

Below is a full transcript of the radio traffic between Ocon and his race engineer Josh Peckett in the crucial closing laps.

Josh Peckett (JP): Esteban, we have to let Pierre through, please. Gap behind him two seconds to Hulkenberg.

Esteban Ocon (EO): What’s the reason?

JP: We need to try and attack Ricciardo.

EO: Yeah, forget it!

JP: Okay, that is a request. Got three laps to go.

EO: Are you giving the place back after or not?

JP: That’s what I’m working on.

EO: Okay, I let him by. Understood.

(Ocon lets Gasly through on Lap 69 of 70 at Turn 8).

JP: Esteban, the cars are not swapping places. Push to the end, please.

EO: Yeah, amazing. Thank you, amazing. Thank you

JP: Ok, radio is still on.

EO: Ok, mate. Yeah, yeah, you’re good. Ok. Yeah, Ok. No comments. Too nice. Too nice. Ok, mate.

JP: Ok, listen. We still came 10th. We’ve still got a point, Ok? It’s a long way to go yet. Ok, I know, I know, I know. I know it’s frustrating.

EO: I’ve done what I had to do, which is the most important, but you guys didn’t do what you had to do. That’s it.

JP: What I’ll say is we came P10 and we started right at the back with very little hope of getting anything out of this. And most of that is down to the fact that you drove very well and kept a cool head through difficult conditions. So you should be very pleased with yourself for that. And thank you for doing that as well.

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