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Ocon comment "heat of the moment"

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28/08/2017

In the wake of a tweet posted on his Twitter account on Sunday evening, Esteban Ocon has this morning attempted to calm the situation before it gets out of hand.

Shortly after the race, which saw the pair collide twice, the second time resulting in damage to both cars and necessitating the deployment of the safety car, the French youngster took to social media.

"Damage limitation today," he tweeted, "we were having a good race until Perez tried to kill me 2 times!

"Anyway he didn't manage to do so ending up P9," he added, along with a winking face emoji.

The tweet followed similar comments made to the media after the race when Ocon told Channel 4: "He risked my life out there... at 300km/h down to Eau Rouge. He's supposed to be a professional driver, today he didn't show it. He has not done that with any other teammates, I don't know why he's doing it with me."

This morning Ocon, following two tweets from Perez, the first admitting blame for the initial incident, the second suggesting Ocon had been over optimistic in terms of the second clash, took to social media again, admitting that his original tweet was posted in the heat of the moment.

"In the heat of the moment and given the dangerous situation, I was upset," he admitted. "But we will be moving forward, we are a team and I appreciate my teammate apologizing.

"We want to work better together. I'm committed to the success of Sahara Force India, and I'm confident that as a team we will put this behind us to reach even greater level of success together.

"We have a big challenge ahead with keeping 4th place, and nothing will distract us from that goal."

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1. Posted by TokyoAussie, 29/08/2017 4:11

"Calling Perez and "idiot" on the car radio at the time was "heat of the moment" stuff. Saying Perez tried to kill him in a tweet hours later isn't. I think Ocon should remember that his name is Ocon, and not Trump."

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2. Posted by jackois, 28/08/2017 21:42

"Not the smartest cookie in the box... having stuck his car into a space that wasn't there, early in the race, he did it again later. He had the advantage, had he been patient, to gain the place on the straight after eau rouge. A momentary lift on the throttle as his team mate moved over would have saved all the bother.

Sadly, the younger drivers, seem to think that wherever they try and overtake, everyone should back off and let them by. The tv commentary doesn't help with drivers being praised for a forced pass facilitated by the victim not wanting to end up damaged and off the track..."

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