Esteban Ocon described his United States Grand Prix disqualification as ‚Äúthe worst feeling ever‚ÄĚ.
The Force India driver was stripped of his eighth place finish after he was found to have exceeded the maximum fuel flow rate during the first lap of the 56-lap race.
‚ÄúPushing the whole race, getting good points, and getting disqualified in the end for a stupid reason is probably the worst feeling ever,‚ÄĚ Ocon wrote on social media.
‚ÄúOur mistake,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúAnyway not giving up for sure.‚ÄĚ
Ocon was one of two drivers to be disqualified from yesterday‚Äôs race, along with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who also committed a fuel use violation.
Force India team principal Otmar Szafnauer said the team hadn‚Äôt encountered the problem before and that Ocon hadn‚Äôt gained an advantage by exceeding the limit.
According to Szafnauer the team‚Äôs data showed Ocon‚Äôs fuel use over the whole lap had been within the required limits, but there had been a ‚Äúspike‚ÄĚ in fuel use which exceeded the maximum level.
‚ÄúI think what happened is there was a spike, a flow and then a trough so if you look at it over a lap it was neutral. So it just depends if that spike ‚Äď if you look at it over a lap there‚Äôs no infringement ‚Äď but it depends how finely you chop up the data.‚ÄĚ
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