Alpine have confirmed that they will change Esteban Ocon’s chassis after he sustained damage due to a loose drain cover at the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
During the early stages of first practice in Las Vegas, Ocon’s car sustained significant damage due to a loose drain cover on the long straight. This incident also affected Carlos Sainz’s session, as he had to pull over to the side of the track, leading to the first red flag of the session after only eight minutes of running. Because of safety concerns, FP1 was completely cancelled while organizers inspected the circuit. Alpine later announced on social media that they would be changing the chassis on Car #31 due to damage caused by a suspected drain cover on the track.