Formula One’s Force India pair clear the air after Spa collision

first_imgForce India’ s feuding team mates met on Thursday to reset their relationship after French rookie Esteban Ocon accused Mexican Sergio Perez of trying to kill him at last weekend’ s Belgian Grand Prix.”I went to Esteban’ s room and had a talk with him,” Perez told an Italian Grand Prix news conference at which Ferrari’ s championship leader Sebastian Vettel sat between the two drivers.Perez, who said the conversation had been “really good”, added that they had agreed to forget the past and push on with the interests of the Silverstone-based team.”We cannot afford to lose any more points … we will move forward and I’ m very sure that these things will not happen again,” the Mexican said.Giro d’Italia-ready! @SChecoPerez and @OconEsteban pose with their new @WyndyMilla bikes, helmets and jerseys! #ItalianGP Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) August 31, 2017″A new relationship starts from now on. I really hope that from now on we can be working as a team.”Force India are fourth in the constructors’  championship but collisions between their drivers have cost them plenty of points already this season.They clashed twice at Spa, with Ocon squeezed towards the wall as he tried to pass Perez in the second incident that most upset the 20-year-old and led to a Twitter outburst against the Mexican.Ocon posted a clip of the incident on Sunday evening and told his 64,000 followers: “Perez tried to kill me 2 times!”Damage limitation today, we were having a good race until Perez tried to kill me 2 times! Anyway he didn’t manage to do so ending up P9???! Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) August 27, 2017The collision was the latest in a build-up of bad blood, with the drivers warned in June about their conduct after they collided at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with podium places up for grabs.Force India principal and co-owner Vijay Mallya has said he will now “implement a policy of team orders” to prevent more such incidents.Reuters Photo”I think we both crossed the line, that’ s for sure,” said Ocon, agreeing that they needed to put the team first.”I think also we need to get the bosses’  trust back and maybe after some races they will let us race again,” added the Frenchman, who confirmed he would follow any instructions issued by the team.Perez, 27, said both were experienced enough to know how to handle the situation.”Esteban has been racing for a long time as well … there will be some instructions coming up for us. I think we will put everything in place that the interests of the team come first, before us,” he said.last_img read more

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to visit China from August 11-13

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will travel to China on August 11 on a three-day visit ahead of the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in India in October.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), announcing the visit on Monday, said S Jaishankar will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.It will be Jaishankar’s first visit to China after becoming the external affairs minister.The MEA said the two foreign ministers will also discuss upcoming high-level visits later this year.In Beijing, Jaishankar will also co-chair the second meeting of the India-China High-Level Mechanism (HLM) on cultural and people-to-people exchanges on August 12 with Wang.The decision to establish the HLM was taken during the first informal summit between Modi and Xi in Wuhan in April 2018.The inaugural HLM meeting was held on December 21 last year.”The second HLM meeting will provide an opportunity to follow up on the outcomes of the 1st HLM meeting and discuss new initiatives for enhancing people-to-people exchanges between our two countries,” the MEA said.It said the HLM reflects the desire on both sides to build greater synergies in the people-to-people ties between the two countries through enhanced exchanges in areas such as tourism, art, films, media, culture and sports.In the second informal summit, Narender Modi and Xi Jinping are likely to focus on further broadening India-China ties.The two leaders held their first informal summit in April last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan months after bilateral ties came under severe strain following a 73-day standoff between the armies of the two countries in Doklam.advertisementALSO READ | External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to visit Beijing to prepare for Modi-Xi Jinping talksALSO READ | Jaishankar likely to visit Dhaka in August: Bangladesh foreign ministerALSO WATCH | S Jaishankar tweets on no mediation, tells Pompeo Kashmir a bilateral matterlast_img read more