Force India's Ocon faces F1 stewards over US GP fuel flow issue

Esteban Ocon and the Racing Point Force India Formula 1 team have been summoned to the stewards following the 2018 United States Grand Prix over an alleged technical infringement

Force India's Ocon faces F1 stewards over US GP fuel flow issue

Ocon, who finished the race in eighth place, is under investigation over exceeding the fuel mass flow limit during the opening lap in an "alleged breach of Article 5.1.4 of the FIA Formula 1 Technical Regulations", according to an official bulletin.

The article in question states that "fuel mass flow must not exceed 100kg/h", and was the cause for Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified from second place in the Australian Grand Prix back in 2014.

Ocon's eighth-place finish provisionally allows Force India to close the gap to sixth-placed McLaren in the constructors' championship to just 10 points.

Romain Grosjean was also summoned to the stewards after the event, which was won by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

The Haas driver is under investigation for colliding with Sauber's Charles Leclerc on the opening lap of the race.

Grosjean locked up and hit Leclerc at the Turn 12 left-hander, leading both to retire - Grosjean a few laps later and Leclerc deeper into the grand prix.

The Haas driver currently has nine penalty points on his licence for the 12-month period, which means he is three away from a race ban, with none of the points set to expire until after the next race in Mexico.

But most sanctions for collisions between drivers in 2018 have been limited to two penalty points, with only Sergio Perez's sideswipe at Sergey Sirotkin in Singapore and Nico Hulkenberg's carnage-inducing opening-lap mistake in Belgium resulting in three points.

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Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
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