Sprint Shootout for the São Paulo Grand Prix was red flagged after
Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso collided at the end of SQ1. With
Alonso in 11th and Ocon in 16th and the danger zone, the Alpine
driver set off on his final flying lap but had a snap of oversteer
while rounding Turn 3. The jink right led to Ocon collecting the
left front of Alonso’s Aston Martin, with the Frenchman being spat
into the barrier on the outside. Ocon’s car suffered severe damage
to the right rear and floor – meaning the team is in a race against
time to get the A523 fixed for the Sprint race at 14:00 local.
Alonso limped home to the pits with severe damage to his car, as
the team set about trying to get him out for SQ2. With just 33
seconds on the clock when the red flag was deployed, the session
was not restarted with Ocon, Lance Stroll, Zhou Guanyu, Alex Albon
and Logan Sargeant all eliminated. Carlos Sainz topped the segment
for Ferrari. There was a lengthy delay to the start of SQ2 with the
need to repair and rebuild the tyre barrier that Ocon hit.
1720807001372922076 Replays show Ocon making contact with Alonso
Alonso subsequently picks up a puncture, but is able to return to
the pits #BrazilGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/yl7IyDDbsU — Formula 1 (@F1)
November 4, 2023

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