2017 F1

Ocon reveals received “many” death threats after crash with Perez in Baku

Esteban Ocon reveals that he has been getting death threats on social media after his crashes with Force India teammate Sergio Perez in Azerbaijan and Belgian Grands Prix.

Canada was the first Grand Prix this season that saw the two Force India duo Perez and Ocon arguing over track position, then in Baku they collided heavily, effectively putting both cars out of contention

Belgium was probably the most controversial so far because they hit twice during that race. The duo made contact on the opening lap of the Belgian GP as they ran three-abreast with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, Perez squeezing his team-mate Ocon into the wall.

They then touched again to race-ruining effect on lap 30 with Perez suffering a right rear puncture and eventually being forced to retire, and Ocon being left with front-wing damage.

After the race, Ocon took to social media and accused Perez of twice trying to ‘kill’ him, having labelled the Mexican’s driving “unprofessional”

“I was expecting a bit of a tough welcome this week looking at all the Twitter messages I received, which was crazy – and all the death messages as well,” Ocon was quoted as saying by Autosport.

“But actually I had a very warm welcome from the beginning. Let’s see if it continues. I hope it will.”

When the source asked if he had taken the threats seriously, Ocon replied: “It was messages on social media. I don’t know if you take that seriously or not.”

The French man said he had received “many” such messages and that they had been repeated since his collision with Perez in Baku in June.

“I think the last one was yesterday,” he said. “But apart from Twitter, in the real world everyone welcomed me very well and they are pushing for the team as well, not only Checo [Perez].”

Asked if the messages had been unsettling, Ocon replied: “It’s never great to receive things like that. But it’s all fine at the moment so I hope it stays like that.”

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