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July 31st 2017
Esteban Ocon accused Force India Formula 1 team-mate Sergio Perez of damaging his car at the first corner of the Hungarian Grand Prix, as they suffered another collision with each other.
Following their costly clash in Baku, which cost the team a shot at a likely podium finish, Perez ran into the side of Ocon on the exit of the first corner at the Hungaroring.
Both cars continued, although Ocon's car clearly shed some parts from underneath the right sidepod after the contact and Perez suffered light wing damage.
"It was a pretty messy start," said Ocon, who went on to finish ninth.
"I don't know what Sergio did but he probably missed a bit his braking point and ripped off my floor so it could have been a bit worse.
"At the end, it's a double points finish for the team, which is great looking at how difficult it was for us this weekend.
"In front of one McLaren and both Renaults, we can go on holiday happy."
Perez said the contact didn't leave any lasting consequences to the handling of his car, allowing him to rise from 13th on the grid to finish ahead of Ocon in eighth.
"It damaged my front wing, which didn't affect too much the balance but in general the picture wasn't good," said Perez.
"It's been my worst weekend of season in terms of speed.
"I've been struggling a lot with the car, so I'm glad we went forwards and scored good points."
Deputy team principal Bob Fernley said the clash was nothing to worry about and "one of those things".
"It was very minor," he told Autosport. "One was leaning on the other, and ran out of space. Fine. Move on.
"The fact they both came through, went on to have good results, it's not an issue.
"It's very difficult at the start of the race with so many cars into that one corner.
"It probably cost a bit to Esteban and gave a bit to Checo, but it's one of those things.
"I don't think we should look at it as a negative. We've had a good day at the office with both cars in the points."
News source: autosport.com
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