Sergio Perez has put his incident with Esteban Ocon in first free practice for the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix down to a miscommunication.
The pair caused a red flag midway through FP1 on Friday after a coming together caused damage to both cars.
Due to F1 technical issues, the incident wasn’t caught on camera, but Perez was seen exiting the Villeneuve chicane and spinning, with considerable damage caused to his left rear wheel, while Ocon pulled over a few yards later with a damaged Alpine.
Specific details of the collision still haven’t really been confirmed, but both cars were on slow laps when the incident occurred.
The F1 technical issues didn’t just affect TV audiences, as the pitwall also lost a lot of their usual information, including telemetry and radio communication with the drivers, and Perez stated after practice that the lack of radio information contributed to the collision.
“With the incident this morning, we didn’t have radio so I think there was a miscommunication through there and I think it was just bad timing.”
Ocon also agreed with his former teammate, but was pleased that the damage didn’t lose him too much time, as the Alpine mechanics were able to have his car ready for the start of the afternoon session.
“We’ve made a positive start to the weekend even with this morning’s incident.” commented Ocon.
“Fortunately for Sergio [Perez] and I, we didn’t lose too much track time, which is important with the one-hour sessions.
“The incident was unfortunate, but we were able to put it behind us and move on to the afternoon.
“The mechanics did a great job in turning the car around on time, so thanks to them for their quick and solid work.”
Both drivers were called to the stewards to explain what happened and agreed that it was an unintentional collision and both drivers escaped without penalty.