"He got a big shouting" - F1 pundit discusses the aftermath of the Esteban Ocon-Pierre Gasly crash

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Final Practice
F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain - Final Practice

According to F1 pundit Ted Kravitz, Esteban Ocon was the target of a massive tirade from Alpine team principal Bruno Famin after he clashed with Pierre Gasly. The race in Monaco saw Ocon attempt a divebomb move on his teammate that led to a collision, with both drivers suffering damage to their cars.

That's not all, however, as while Esteban Ocon was unable to continue in the race, his team principal was furious at him for the collision. Talking to French broadcaster Canal+, Bruno Famin flatly blamed Ocon for the clash and said that there would be consequences for his actions.

These comments have caught the eye of many, with suggestions from multiple sources that Esteban Ocon could be benched for the F1 Canadian GP. Talking about the entire situation at Alpine, Ted Kravitz said that Bruno Famin had shouted at the French driver.

In addition, the team was not letting the boss anywhere near the media after his outburst on Canal+. Kravitz said in his Ted's Notebook feature on Sky F1:

“Let’s trot on down into Alpine because there is a story afoot, because Esteban Ocon almost took out his team-mate Pierre Gasly. Ocon went down the inside of Gasly at Portier, flipped him in the air, Ocon’s car had to go to the garage and had broken suspension, so he was out."

He added:

“For the stewards, he picked up a five-place grid penalty for the next race in Canada, or whenever his next race might be. I’ll get to that in a second. He got a big shouting from Bruno Famin. Gasly though ran P10. Famin said that a decision will be made, Ocon put a tweet out saying ‘that’s absolutely my fault’, but the team aren’t letting us even try to talk to Bruno Famin about what this direct consequence will be for Esteban Ocon."

Jack Doohan as Esteban Ocon's replacement at Alpine?

Since then, Jack Doohan's name has surfaced as a possible replacement for Esteban Ocon in case the French driver is benched by Alpine. Talking about the Australian who raced in F2 last year, Ted Kravitz said that he spotted Doohan being called to talk to Bruno Famin on the balcony in the aftermath of the incident. He said:

"I will say that I saw Famin on the roof of the Alpine pit building, he called Jack Doohan, the reserve driver, over for a chat. They had a chat. I don’t know what the chat was about. And then Jack Doohan left and went down the stairs. Now, I know that’s not exactly Woodward and Bernstein and Watergate, but it’s all I’ve got."

If Alpine does go ahead with this, it would be a shocking decision considering the team is not in high demand for drivers anyway. In addition, Ocon has been driving at a level above his teammate for the bulk of the season. It will be interesting to see what Bruno Famin's next step would be.

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