Force India could forbid their drivers from racing each other again if there is a further repeat of the collision which put one of their cars out of today’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Esteban Ocon retired from the race on lap one after he tangled with team mate Sergio Perez and hit the wall at turn three. Perez insisted he hadn’t seen the team’s other car alongside him.
“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.”
Ocon, whose place at the team is believed to be under threat, kept his counsel over the incident.
“I’m not going to comment or analyse what happened,” he said. “I got a great start and had a good opportunity with good grip to go around Checo [Perez] and the next thing I felt was a hit and I was in the wall.
“What I am going to analyse is that we had great pace the whole weekend. It was supposed to be a great weekend for both of us and right now I’m talking and the race is going on and we are going to come out of this with zero points and that’s terrible.”
Perez and Ocon tangled on several occasions during 2017 which led the team to impose orders forbidding them from racing each other. This was later relaxed, but team principal Otmar Szafnauer warned the policy could be reinstated.
“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.”
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