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Esteban Ocon

Ocon reveals bizarre consequence of first lap meleé

The Frenchman was launched into the air on lap one of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Alpine driver Esteban Ocon has revealed his seat "broke into two pieces" after taking off by four metres in the first lap meleé at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Frenchman started 12th on the grid at the Hungaroring but lasted only one lap after contact with teammate Pierre Gasly.

Ocon was hit from behind by returning AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo, who himself was hit by the slow-starting Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu into the Turn 1 braking zone.

The momentum forced Ocon into a snap of oversteer, launching over the back of Gasly's A523 and consigning the team to a second double non-finish in a row.

Suffered a strike

"We suffered a strike into Turn 1," explained Ocon.

"A mistake from Zhou at the back and that led us to a massive hit. I took off to three or four metres on the rear wheels.

"When I landed, it was a big hit - my seat broke into two pieces, so that tells how much the impact was.

"Unfortunately, both cars were out after that. Those are the consequences from racing in the back - people tend to take more risks. We knew it and we suffered from it.

"We will be racing again next week, so we can quickly forget the weekend."

On his fitness for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, Ocon added: "I am lucky enough to be with a team of very professional people, I should be well taken care of."

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