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Esteban Ocon

Ocon: I'm a bit sad for Vettel

The Alpine driver admits motorsport can be cruel and does not like to see his rivals getting disqualified as Aston Martin lodged an appeal against the stewards' decision to disqualify Sebastian Vettel from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Esteban Ocon says he is a little said for Sebastian Vettel after the four-time world champion was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix for not having one litre of fuel in his car to take a fuel sample.

Ocon and Vettel fought hard all race for victory in Budapest with the Alpine driver coming out on top to earn his maiden win in Formula 1.

"I am a bit sad for Seb, because he did such a good race and in the end getting disqualified, " Ocon told RTL. "It’s not something that we like to see. We like to see racing on track and to keep that position after.

"But that’s how motorsport is sometimes. Motorsport is cruel. It’s obviously not a great thing to see and a sad end for him. But Seb is coming back from that, I am sure."

Ocon has also reaffirmed his stance on having a great relationship with teammate Fernando Alonso, who helped the Frenchman to his victory at the Hungaroring by fending off Lewis Hamilton for 10 crucial laps.

"It is an awesome moment in my career," Ocon told RacingNews365.com and other members of the press. I don’t have words to describe it –but it’s the first win for the Renault Group since they came back in Formula 1.

"After what we’ve been through, after the difficult times, just the trust that they’ve put in me, I’m glad that they get this reward.

"I also want to say a special thanks to Fernando who has been fighting like a lion in that race, because that probably contributed also to giving us a gap, giving us a bit of a breather.

"I said it to many different press out there, I received a lot of bad comments about Fernando before he joined the team and I tell you that we are forming a great duo together.

"We are pushing the team in the same direction and hopefully it’s the first win of many for us and hopefully we can share a podium in short moments."

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