The pair made contact while battling for position at Turn 4 with Ocon going on to eventually retire from the race. Hartley who is fighting for his career in Formula 1, now has six penalty points on his racing license over a twelve month period. The stewards deemed he was "wholly to blame for the collision” as he failed to leave sufficient room” for Ocon.
Ocon got involved with the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly. Gasly claimed he was pushed off the track by Ocon as they fought into Turn 4, with Gasly on much fresher tyres than his compatriot.
“Approaching turn four, car 10 (Gasly) moved to the right to commence a pass on car 31 (Ocon),” a statement read. “Car 31 also moved to the right but left a full car’s width to the edge of the track. Both cars appeared to brake late for the corner and the Stewards observed that car 10 locked up his left front brake and understeered off the track.”
Lance Stroll is also under investigation as he may have breached rules regarding to the pitlane. It is understood that his mechanics released the car from a pit stop in an unsafe manner during the race.
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