Esteban Ocon says ‘Hamilton penalty’ was “really unjustified”

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Esteban Ocon says the penalty he received for making contact with Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix was “really unjustified”.

On lap 18 of the Monaco Grand Prix, a much faster Lewis Hamilton attempted to overtake Esteban Ocon at Sainte Devote, which led to a contact between the two.

The contact damaged Lewis’ front wing, but Mercedes managed to replace it following a second red flag period. The incident was investigated by the stewards and Ocon ultimately received a five-second penalty.

After the race, the Frenchman said the penalty was “unjustified”.

“We were racing well until we got that five-second penalty, which is still really unjustified unfortunately,” Ocon said.

“So I’m very frustrated with that because it ruined our result, but that’s how it is.

“Went to review with the students and they said if this was last year, it would have been a racing incident so I don’t know what has really changed this year.”

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Asked to further elaborate, Ocon said:

“Not sure. If you want to overtake in Monaco, there has to be some kind of contact because there’s no space to do so.

“Lewis was quicker behind with the other tyres. We were racing hard for sure, we were racing for position. And we were racing at the end again.

“It was fair racing, a bit of contact for sure, but we didn’t suffer, any of us.

“So it’s very disappointing and I’m pretty frustrated,” the French driver concluded.

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