Ocon defends himself and will be there in Montreal

Ocon defends himself and will be there in Montreal

While his presence at the Canadian Grand Prix next week was not assured due to the accident he caused with his teammate Pierre Gasly in Monaco, Esteban Ocon will be there in Montreal. In a long message on social networks, the French driver wanted to defend himself against those who criticized his behavior in the race.

At the microphone of Canal+, Bruno Famin, the boss of the Alpine team announced live that it was necessary to “make a decision straight away”, after seeing Esteban Ocon cause an accident with his teammate Pierre Gasly at the start of the Monaco Grand Prix. This could mean that Ocon would be deprived of the next GP, in Canada, but the French driver will be present in Montreal. It is rather in the long term that we must see, because the Norman should not stay with the French team beyond this season. In the meantime, Esteban Ocon (27 years old) published a long message on social networks on Friday evening. In particular, he wanted to speak out about the criticism he received regarding his behavior during the race. The native of Evreux assures that he has always respected his teammates, and also admits to having made mistakes.

Ocon: “Deeply saddened by the amount of abuse I received online”

“A lot of things were said following the Monaco Grand Prix. Although I have received many messages of support, I have been deeply saddened by the amount of abuse and negativity I have received online regarding my character, conduct and career. Thanks to the hard work, support and sacrifices of many people, I have competed in over 140 Grands Prix since I started in 2016. I have always been a fierce competitor and, like most drivers, I have had my share of incidents. I was fortunate to race alongside talented and experienced teammates including race winners Daniel, Checo and Pierre, and a double champion in Fernando. As teammates, we often started races very close together, which in some cases meant tough battles on the track, and sometimes contact. Of course, I made mistakes. We are not Robots ; we are athletes who push their limits every day to realize their dream of winning races. F1 is a sport where emotions are strong and passions run deep. I see and feel it every weekend on the track and on social media… in a good way and a bad way. But the ill-informed statements and gross misrepresentations I have seen online in recent days about my ability to work with a team are inaccurate, hurtful and damaging,” writes Esteban Ocon.

Ocon: “This sport will always be a team sport above all”

Before continuing: “Since my first laps in motorsport, I have approached this sport with humility, professionalism and respect. These values ​​were instilled in me from a very young age. Although each driver seeks individual glory, this sport will always be a team sport above all. I always followed the instructions given to me and raced to achieve the maximum for and with my team. I took responsibility for the incident that occurred in the first round last Sunday and, Despite my retirement, I’m happy that the team added a point to the scoreboard in what was a difficult start to the season for all of us. I respect Pierre as a teammate and as a competitor. We have always worked collaboratively and professionally as a team, and this will continue to be the case. There is no reward without risk in Formula 1 – and race starts are intense, even more so in Monaco where the first lap can dictate your final result. At the end of the day, we are all competitors and hard, fair racing throughout the field is what makes our sport great and the main reason I love it so much. I look forward to competing in Montreal, in front of the fantastic Canadian fans, and seizing the exciting opportunities that the future holds. » Scoring his first point of the season in Canada, two weeks after Pierre Gasly in Monaco, would be a great response.

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