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Force India Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon is set to be given the permission to race each other from the outset in Australia.
A number of on-track incidents in 2017 played a part in not only the team’s quest for points, but also severed relations between the two drivers. Things reached such a point that the Silverstone-based outfit had no choice but to enforce strict rules of engagement between the two men.
The season-end, though, saw a relatively incident-free period and it has reportedly encouraged Force India’s management to lighten up those rules as they now trust the pair to race without steeping on each other’s wheels.
“We’re going to start off the season as we left it last year. If you remember the last few races they were allowed to compete against each other,” Otmar Szafnauer told Crash.net.
Force India’s chief operating officer also added that the sense of competition between the two would eventually only benefit the team.
“Like any relationship or partnership or even a team, they go through phases. One of the phases of team building is the conflict stage.
“When you get past the conflict stage, then you work better together and I think that’s the stage they’re at now.
“They had to understand each other and get through that phase, which they’ve got through, and now we look forward to working together as a team and even stronger than before that conflict stage.”