There was a rather strange start to the first free practice in Imola. Formula 1 drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon collided into each other in the blindspot of the camera and came to a halt.
The stewards who were witness to the event felt that it was unfortunate, but Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko felt one driver was primarily at fault.
The collision took place near Turn 5. Given that Ocon was on his slow lap, he tried his best to pull away to let Perez pass. Radio interference played a part in what ended up being an unfortunate result.
“The problem was that the pit radio was not working in its entirety. And that seems to have irritated most of the drivers. I don’t know what they have rear-view mirrors for,” Marko said.
However, Marko said it is imperative drivers themselves assume responsibility to a certain extent.
He said he saw it mainly as the fault of his own driver.
“This was clearly Perez’s fault, who passed Ocon and then this incident happened.
“The damage is repairable, but of course, he lost time. But it was a difficult situation in general.”
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