Esteban Ocon has apologized to Mick Schumacher after he got tangled up with the Haas driver during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The stewards held Ocon responsible for the collision at turn six on the first lap of the race. He received a five-second penalty and two penalty points on his license, which puts him on a total of three.
Ocon “attempted to overtake [Schumacher] during the first lap on the inside approaching turn six,” the stewards noted. “Although [Ocon] backed up as Schumacher spun, the left front of Ocon’s car made contact with the right rear of Schumacher’s car, causing Schumacher to spin and continue.
“The move was considered not to have been carried out in a safe and controlled manner by Ocon. Therefore, the stewards determine that this is a breach of the above regulations.
Ocon accepted blame for the collision. “I absolutely must apologize to Mick for the incident,” he said when asked about it by RaceFans. “It was definitely my fault that one.”
He explained that he thought Schumacher was able to see him when the collision happened. “I wasn’t close enough to make the trip,” he said. “I was hoping Mick saw me, but in the end he didn’t so we bumped into each other.
“I can only apologize of course, but I’m glad he made it to 360 and still got his race back, and I’m glad we didn’t damage our cars at the end. .”
After the collision, Ocon recovered to finish seventh. “From there it was a very solid run,” he said. “We had a very strong pace during the first two stints, moving up the peloton and performing some great overtaking manoeuvres.
“So it’s been a pretty solid and good strategy from the guys as well. A good first race with two cars in the points, we’ll take it.
Schumacher finished out of the points in 11th and said his damaged car “wasn’t amazing to drive” after the collision.
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