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Esteban Ocon

Ocon blasts ‘no sense’ Alpine team order

Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon ended the Canadian Grand Prix in ninth and 10th respectively - however, the latter was not impressed by a team order intervention.

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Esteban Ocon has taken issue with a team order from the Alpine squad late on at the Canadian Grand Prix.

After being overtaken for eighth place in the final laps by Daniel Ricciardo, Ocon moved aside for team-mate Pierre Gasly to give him a shot at attacking the RB driver.

However, Gasly couldn't move ahead of Ricciardo and crossed the line in ninth, ahead of Ocon.

Speaking to Sky F1 after the race, Ocon expressed the P9 position should have been given back to him before the chequered flag.

“I'm happy for the team to be able to score with both cars. But the order should be reversed on that occasion,” he said. 

“I got the instruction to let Pierre pass with two laps to go to catch Daniel who was two and a half seconds in front and too fast for us. 

“The call made no sense. I've done my part of the job, I've always been a team player, I've always respected the instructions I've been given. 

“It's always been the case. I've never done anything different in my career. But I've done my part of the job, but not the team today. It's very sad.”

Ocon rues 'bitter end' to strong Canadian GP

The disappointment for Ocon comes two weeks after he made contact with Gasly on the opening lap of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Since the race around Monte Carlo, Ocon has announced that he will be leaving the Alpine squad at the end of the season.

When asked if his run from the back of the grid to the points will impress a potential new team, Ocon replied: “We will see.

“I started last, we took the right choices at every single point. I was able to fight a lot of quicker cars as well at that moment, and that felt good. 

“But it was a little bit of a bitter end. I'm optimistic for the rest of the year that I can push the car to the maximum but there is a lot to do together with this team.”

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