JV: Latifi’s ‘rookie errors’ and Ocon’s ‘illogical’ fight

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JV: Latifi’s ‘rookie errors’ and Ocon’s ‘illogical’ fight

Nicholas Latifi is making “rookie errors moderately typically” says Jacques Villeneuve, however at the very least he supplies “some pleasure” within the grands prix.

Latifi crashed out of Sunday evening’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the Williams driver bringing out the Security Automotive when he hit the wall on the closing nook.

It was Latifi’s second crash of the weekend, the Williams driver having additionally shunted throughout qualifying.

“Nicholas Latifi’s accident was unusual,” Villeneuve stated in his newest Formule1.nl column.

“He appears to make these sorts of rookie errors moderately typically.

“It didn’t even appear like an F1 accident, extra like he was stunned by the brand new vehicles.

“Let’s put it this manner – he all the time supplies some pleasure.”

Pleasure, although, that Sergio Perez might have accomplished with out.

It value the Mexican driver the lead as he had pitted the lap earlier than with Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz additionally receiving free pit stops. Verstappen was joined by the Ferrari drivers on the rostrum with Perez P4.

Nonetheless, the final time a crash of Latifi’s introduced out the Security Automotive it benefitted a Crimson Bull driver. That was ultimately yr’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the place, via no fault of his personal, his accident modified the end result of the championship with Verstappen taking the win and the World title.

Nevertheless it wasn’t simply Latifi who Villeneuve was vital of, the 1997 World Champion additionally having a little bit of a go at Esteban Ocon.

Ocon raced his team-mate Fernando Alonso arduous for a number of laps, nearly inflicting a collision at one level as he shut the door on the double World Champion in what was a borderline late transfer.

Saying he was “much less impressed with Esteban Ocon”, Villeneuve requested “why would you battle arduous with your individual team-mate within the early phases of the race?

“You threat your individual tyres and people of Fernando Alonso, and hurt your workforce. Completely illogical, it made no sense.

“I additionally suppose that somebody like Ocon who has been in Method 1 for some time now ought to know by now when to battle and when to not battle so aggressively.”


The Canadian additionally shared his ideas on Mick Schumacher’s horror crash throughout qualifying, the Haas driver fortunately unharmed though the identical can’t be stated of Haas’ funds.

“Wanting on the nook the place Mick Schumacher crashed, I’m amazed that the skilled architects who designed this circuit didn’t realise how harmful that nook is.

“You solely have to take a look at just a few photographs to see that, calculations usually are not even essential.”


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