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Esteban Ocon ups Mexico security after death threats

  • Published on 27 Oct 2017 10:30
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Esteban Ocon has upped his security after receiving death threats ahead of the Mexican grand prix. The Frenchman has been at war this year with his Force India teammate Sergio Perez, who is the local hero of this weekend's race in Mexico City.

And now there are reports that Ocon's security has been increased and his personal schedule tweaked after some of Perez's fans issued death threats for this weekend. "It was necessary to take precautions to avoid problems," Ocon confirmed to RMC.

The report said the measures include a later than scheduled arrival in Mexico for Ocon, an armoured car, a police escort and bodyguards. A low-point of the weekend could be the drivers' parade, when it is expected Ocon will be booed, but the 21-year-old said: "As long as they don't throw rocks, it's ok."

L'Equipe quotes Ocon as saying: "I received many death threats since the Azerbaijan grand prix but today I have all the people I need for my safety. For now everything is fine and I hope it stays that way all weekend."

For his part, Mexican Perez said he has "respect" for his teammate Ocon. "I don't think the fans will be bad to Esteban," he insisted. "I think they really like the sport and at the end of the day it's just a sport." (GMM)

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  • death threats?
    dear lord, social media has a LOT to answer for..

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    • Oct 27 2017 - 16:30
  • Checko didn't exactly step out and said to his fans not to do this... Which means he's hoping it will throw Ocon out of balance

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    • Oct 27 2017 - 16:32

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