Possible conspiracy theories are now circulating around the Formula One paddock in Interlagos after out of contract Esteban Ocon took out Max Verstappen out of the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, gifting Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes yet another Formula 1 race victory.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko suggested Ocon’s acts during the course of the Brazilian Grand Prix could be aimed at getting himself back on the Formula One grid in 2020 with a Mercedes seat, given it is almost certain the Mercedes junior driver will take a year off from the sport, following the Stroll-led acquisition of Force India earlier this year.
“A Mercedes driver who is promised a seat for 2020, the leader drives into the car – unbelievable.” Marko said, reacting to a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix.
“One could have told him, ‘Hello, that’s the leader, he has new tires on it, do not attack him!
“That such an idiot gets only a 10-second penalty, I would have expected a lock.”