Alpine driver Esteban Ocon and Alfa Romeo rookie Zhou Guanyu have both picked up penalty points for their actions during the French Grand Prix. Ocon and Zhou were forced to serve five-second time penalties in Sunday's race at Paul Ricard after the stewards deemed them at fault for separate incidents. In addition to those sanctions, the panel opted to add penalty points to their respective Super Licences for the usual 12-month period.
Ocon clashes with Tsunoda
Ocon was penalised after sending AlphaTauri rival Yuki Tsunoda into a spin at the Turn 8/9 chicane on the opening lap. The stewards determined that Ocon was at fault after Tsunoda – who later retired with damage – "had left enough space for an overtaking manoeuvre". Alongside his time penalty, Ocon was hit with two penalty points, giving him a total of six for the 12-month cycle.
Zhou and Schumacher bang wheels
Meanwhile, Zhou was penalised for a clash with Haas driver Mick Schumacher as the pair went wheel-to-wheel through Turns 11 and 12. In their decision document, the stewards noted: "At the apex of T11, Zhou lost control of the rear of the car when Schumacher was on the outside and made contact with Schumacher, causing Schumacher to spin." As per Ocon's sanction, Zhou's time penalty was backed up with two penalty points, taking him to a total of four in his rookie campaign. Stewards also investigated an incident between Schumacher's teammate, Kevin Magnussen, and Williams' Nicholas Latifi, but opted against any further action.