Ocon in radio bust-up with Renault after Italian GP

Ocon, who started 12th, finished the race in eighth place, two spots behind his teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

After the flag his engineer congratulated him on gaining four places and contributing to a good points haul for the team, but Ocon replied, “I disagree, I think we missed out completely in this race, there was a massive opportunity.”

He was then told: “Just hold it on the radio, hold it on the radio, we’ll talk about it in the office, thank you.”

When he replied, “No, we have to face the reality,” team boss Cyril Abiteboul chimed in and said, “This is not the place.”

Ocon then said nothing for the remainder of the lap back to parc ferme.

Later when asked about the comments, he didn’t blame the team, but suggested that circumstances hadn’t worked in his favour.

“I think reviewing it, it’s just the luck that was not on our side today,” he said. “I think in terms of execution and taking a decision, I think we’ve been doing the right thing.

“If obviously, we stayed out, we didn’t take the safety car, things could have happened, but all-in-all if the red flag doesn’t come, we lose time.

“Reviewing it, I think overall it was a good race. It’s a shame that obviously we pitted in those circumstances, and those things happened, but luck will turn around.”

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