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Ocon offers FIA apology after forgetting where to park

Ocon offers FIA apology after forgetting where to park

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Ocon offers FIA apology after forgetting where to park

Ocon offers FIA apology after forgetting where to park

Hungarian Grand Prix race winner Esteban Ocon has been reprimanded after forgetting to return to parc fermé at the end of the race.

Alpine driver Ocon took full advantage of the lap-one carnage to take a stellar maiden win in F1, holding off Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel for the entirety of the afternoon.

In scenes reminiscent of Jenson Button and his failure to follow the post-race procedure at the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix, Ocon parked up in the wrong place and was forced to run up the steep hill from the exit of the pit lane to the start at the Hungaroring to celebrate with his team.

The stewards' report read: "Race director’s note for the post-race procedure requires drivers who finish the race in the top-three positions to return to pit lane and stop at the boards showing their positions located in front of the race control tower.

"Ocon, who finished in first place, failed to do so and parked his car on the track near the end of the pit lane.

"During the hearing, Ocon explained that he missed the pit entry and figured that the best place to stop would be close to the pit exit.

"He apologised and confirmed to be more careful next time. The stewards do not assess this as a breach of parc fermé regulations.

"Ocon did not follow the RD’s [race director] instructions however and therefore a penalty [reprimand] is appropriate."

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