When Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon collided during the Formula 1 Sao Paulo Sprint Shootout, it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The incident occurred in the dying moments of SQ1, as Ocon was attempting a final qualifying lap to improve his P16 standing and avoid elimination.
Ocon experienced a snap of oversteer on the exit kerb of the Senna S, causing his Alpine to veer off the racing line and collide with Alonso at Turn 3. On-board footage from the Aston Martin revealed that Alonso did slightly turn left, narrowing the pathway ahead of Ocon, who ended up crashing into the barriers. While Alonso managed to limp back to the pits, his car required repairs, preventing him from returning to the track for SQ2.
Alonso expressed his frustration, acknowledging the unfortunate outcome of the incident. Both drivers’ chances in qualifying were dashed, with significant damage sustained to their cars. Alonso admitted that he hadn’t seen the replay yet, but was told that Ocon had lost control of his car.
It was indeed a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for both drivers. Despite the disappointment, Aston Martin’s Saturday morning was contrasted by Lance Stroll’s success in securing third place on the grid for Sunday’s race. Alonso, on the other hand, will start from P15 after failing to set a lap in SQ2.
Despite the setbacks in qualifying, Alonso remained confident heading into the Sprint race, citing the team’s strong performance the day before. While they faced some challenges in SQ1, Alonso expressed optimism for a better race compared to Mexico and Austin.
The incident involving Alonso and Ocon led to a red flag in SQ1, and as a result, neither driver was able to continue in the session. Stroll was also eliminated, finishing in P17. The stewards have launched an investigation to determine if either driver should face any penalties for their involvement in the collision.
Although Alonso experienced a puncture and left a trail of sparks as he brought his damaged car back to the pits, he had no concerns about missing the Sprint race. The F1 Sao Paulo Sprint race will commence at 15:30 local time and consists of 24 laps around the Interlagos circuit.
In conclusion, the collision between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon during the Sao Paulo Sprint Shootout was an unfortunate case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The incident resulted in both drivers’ elimination from qualifying, with their cars requiring repairs. Despite the setback, Alonso remained optimistic for a better race performance and was unconcerned about missing the Sprint. The stewards are currently investigating the incident to determine any potential penalties. The race will commence in the afternoon, featuring 20 cars battling it out over 24 laps of the Interlagos circuit.