Force India may reimpose team orders following a lap 1 collision between its drivers in Singapore. Esteban Ocon was sent into the wall after pulling up alongside teammate Sergio Perez on the exit of Turn 4, with Perez claiming that he didn't see the Frenchman.
The two have a history of clashing, as they came together a number of times throughout the 2017 season. The team brought in team orders and forbid them from going wheel to wheel for a number of races, before the ruling was relaxed. But team principal Otmar Szafanauer has warned that the Silverstone outfit could reinforce the orders.
“It’s been over a year since it [last] happened,” he told Sky. “It was at Baku last year that we instilled the rules it was at Spa. From Spa until here it hasn’t happened.
“So we’re back to the old rules. We allowed them to race on lap one whereas in the past we didn’t allow them to race on lap one and now we can remove that. And if they continue to do this, even on lap one there’s other ways to separate them which we hope that we don’t ever have to employ.”
Perez apologised to his team after the incident and gave his take on the collision post-race: “It was a very unfortunate incident,” he said. “One of those that is very hard to avoid. As I’m picking up the power I just get a clip from one car. I did not even realise that it was Esteban. And then as I get the message from the team I was very sorry for that.”
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