But Mexican Perez denies he was actually asked to let Ocon go in Montreal.
"It was not a team order, but a discussion on the radio," he said. "I told the team my arguments, and they accepted them."
Deputy boss Bob Fernley also said the controversy is a sign of the Silverstone based team's growing status.
"Suddenly we're having problems that only the top teams have," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "We are being observed more closely."
"They gave Vettel a better result," he is quoted by Finland's Ilta Sanomat newspaper. "Perez was selfish."
But Force India sees another silver lining.
"We gave Esteban half a year to acclimatise, and before the first half of the season he is closer and closer to Sergio," said sporting boss Otmar Szafnauer.
"It shows that we have chosen the right driver."
And Wolff, also the boss of the Mercedes junior programme, agrees, telling Le Journal de Montreal: "He (Ocon) has a bright future ahead of him."
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