Ocon misplaced the rear of his Alpine F1 automotive going by means of the nook throughout closing observe on Saturday afternoon, inflicting him to crash into the concrete barrier on the right-hand aspect of the circuit.
Ocon reported over the radio that he was unharmed, however the impression warning gentle meant he needed to be taken to the medical centre the place he was duly checked and cleared by the officers.
However a crack to Ocon’s chassis meant he could take no part in qualifying, which means he’ll begin Sunday’s race from the again of the grid.
The crash got here on the identical place the place Carlos Sainz had hit the barrier in practice on Friday. Ocon revealed that Sainz had introduced up the matter within the drivers’ briefing, questioning why there was no tecpro barrier in place.
“What’s unacceptable actually, it was 51G for what ought to have been not such a big effect,” Ocon mentioned.
“To not have it and [for only] one automotive it has occurred, however when Carlos has complained to the race director, we have been all there listening to it, and nothing has been achieved.
“There was a dialogue final evening. Carlos mentioned the impression was method too large for what it ought to have been. In the present day it felt big, the impression. It’s most likely the most important shunt of my profession, to be truthful.
“Yesterday Carlos obtained harm. I obtained harm as we speak as effectively. The FIA ought to push tougher for our security. The vital factor is that we’re capable of race, and I will race as effectively.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari F1-75, leaves his automotive on the finish of FP2
Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
Ocon revealed that his knees took the brunt of the impression. He additionally felt the chassis might have been repaired in time for qualifying had there been a tecpro barrier in place.
“When knowledgeable driver to the calibre of Carlos, racing for Ferrari, is saying one thing like this yesterday, I feel the minimal is that it needs to be considered, and do the very best to make a change,” Ocon added.
The Frenchman mentioned he was “not going to enter particulars” about race director Niels Wittich’s clarification for the shortage of a tecpro barrier, however mentioned he thought “these issues will likely be sorted to any extent further”.
Talking on Sky Sports activities after qualifying, Sainz echoed Ocon’s ideas that the impression of the crash shouldn’t have been so large given the velocity he was travelling at when he crashed in FP2.
“I am sorry to be vital, however I informed the FIA yesterday that my crash at second gear should not really feel that onerous, however as we speak my neck was a bit in ache,” Sainz mentioned.
“I informed them, let’s put tecpro there, as a result of it is a very arduous concrete wall. Esteban crashed, and I am positive he felt it too. And it is a type of issues that I’ll by no means perceive.”
Valtteri Bottas felt there was “no purpose” for the absence of a tecpro barrier on the exit of Flip 13, and anticipated it to be a speaking level on the subsequent drivers’ briefing in Spain.
Each Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly expressed shock over the severity of the impacts that Sainz and Ocon confronted of their crashes, whereas Lance Stroll branded it “ridiculous” and “a joke”.