ESTEBAN OCON completed sixth on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Esteban Ocon has been subjected to vile abuse on social media (Picture: GETTY)
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Esteban Ocon has been subjected to vile abuse on social media following his sixth-placed end on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday. Alpine driver Ocon claimed eight factors as he completed simply forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Simply 5 laps into Sunday’s race, Ocon refused to permit his Alpine team-mate Fernando Alonso to overhaul him because the pair battled for place. And the incident practically resulted within the Spaniard slamming right into a wall in conjunction with the observe.
Two laps later, Alonso did get the higher of Ocon, however the French driver refused to cede as he fought his team-mate round two corners earlier than lastly giving up the ghost. Ocon was nicely inside his rights to compete with Alonso, who was finally compelled to retire from the race on account of an influence situation. However some followers didn’t see it that means.
Ocon took to Instagram within the aftermath of the race to submit an image of the 2 Alpine drivers in motion. “P6 in Jeddah,” wrote the delighted 25-year-old. “Proud of as we speak and leaving with extra factors within the bag. Loved the wheel-to-wheel racing with Fernando and I’m positive there will probably be extra of that this season!
“A disgrace we could not put each automobiles within the factors however we’re displaying we’re aggressive and that’s what’s vital. Can’t look forward to the subsequent one.”
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And followers on social media despatched a torrent of abuse the way in which of Ocon. “Soiled driver,” hissed @bastianbarria, whereas one other @mikigasparotta penned: “Silly clown, you let Russell get away and Bottas shut in. What’s improper with you?”
And a 3rd, @fcbayern.collector, wrote: “Nice teamwork Esteban. Fernando did every little thing that will help you win in Hungary. And that is your thanks? Fernando was a lot sooner, why didn’t you let him cross? You ruined his race.” A complete host of trolls then replied to Ocon’s submit with pig face emojis, clown face emojis and even center finger emojis.
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Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso went wheel-to-wheel on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)
Ocon joined Alpine in 2020 after they had been branded as Renault following a two-year stint with Drive India and a yr as a Mercedes reserve driver. The ace has 91 F1 races below his belt and claimed his maiden victory finally yr’s Hungarian Grand Prix after a number of collisions on the opening nook of the primary lap wreaked havoc.
Ocon went on to complete eleventh within the championship standings final season and is sixth this time round after claiming factors in every of the primary two races.