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Esteban Ocon

Ocon clarifies comments about Mazepin: Just need to be careful

Alpine's Esteban Ocon has explained his comments regarding Haas' Nikita Mazepin's behaviour on track.

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Esteban Ocon has cleared up any confusion regarding the comments he made about Nikita Mazepin after the Spanish GP.

Ocon was quoted by various media outlets as saying he needed to be much more careful around Mazepin while on track, and the French driver was asked about those comments during the Monaco GP press conference.

The Alpine driver was very diplomatic in his response, explaining that his comments referred to driving in general, rather than singling out Mazepin.

"I mean, it's when you already had a couple of incidents in practice where things happens because we are not on the fast laps, we are on slow laps and things can go wrong," Ocon explained to media, including RacingNews365.com.

Mazepin has drawn the ire of several drivers over the course of the first four races of the year, mostly for blocking, and picked up a penalty point in Portugal for blocking Red Bull's Sergio Perez during the race.

Ocon explained that his words of caution applied to every driver, and that he hadn't had a particular run-in with the Haas driver.

"So, as soon as you take the track, there could be a risk for your race weekend," he said.

"So you need to be 200% alert on anything that's happening and I've come across Nikita quite a few times wherehe was on the line or something was happening.

"Nothing bad happened yet. But yeah, just need to be careful on not having something happening, which is not useful for the race weekend."

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