Ocon reprimanded for post-race parking error

2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Hungarian Grand Prix winner Esteban Ocon has avoided a penalty for stopping his car in the wrong place after the race.

The Alpine driver was given a reprimand after stopping his car at the pit lane exit after completing a victory lap.

Ocon, who scored the first win of his career in the race, told the stewards he passed the pit lane entrance by mistake after taking the chequered flag.

“The race director’s note for the post-race procedure requires drivers who finish the race in the top three positions to return to pit lane and stop at the boards showing their positions located in front of the race control tower,” the stewards explained. “Ocon, who finished in first place, failed to do so and parked his car on the track near the end of the pit lane.

“During the hearing Ocon explained that he missed the pit entry and figured that the best place to stop would be close to the pit exit. He apologized and confirmed to be more careful next time.

“The stewards do not assess this as a breach of parc ferme regulations.”

However as Ocon did not follow the race director’s instructions, the stewards deemed a non-driving reprimand was appropriate. It is Ocon’s first reprimand of any kind this year.

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6 comments on “Ocon reprimanded for post-race parking error”

  1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
    1st August 2021, 18:33

    I’m not sure how he will get away with being given instructions by the team on the formation lap which have been confirmed all over the place now. He realistically should be getting a penalty like magnussen and Grosjean did in hungary last year. Unfortunate, but it won’t make sense if he gets away with it.

    1. Amazed he was not DQed; Seb, too. Just cuz, of course. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. (Sar-chasm).

    2. @thegianthogweed I’m not entirely sure if that lap officially counts as a formation lap, though, since the lap in question was technically a race lap. Giovinazzi is the only one who pitted from the actual formation lap.

    3. The fia are very select with their post race penalties.

  2. Like Button at Monaco … like having England replay Italy …

  3. Another conspiracy against Lewis. Lewis diserves the 1st place.

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