Your post kind of derails at the first sentence and never recovers. It was Ocon who tried to pass verstappen not the other way around. So the correct question would be:” Did Ocon have to pass Ves.........that corner, that lap....”
Let be honest, it was the stupidest lapped incident in F1 since Verstappen Sr crashed into Montoya from a lap down. The push was not nice, but I guess if Ocon would have pulled something like this in nascar he would have still been looking for hist teeth.
Anyway. I don’t think we’ll see Ocon back. Maybe at Williams, but his performance over the past two years was simply not good enough for a top team.
For me, don’t think it will happen, but I wouldn’t mind to see Vettel back. The fight between Vettel and Leclerc is becoming uglier and dirtier by the minute, certainly since China. Throw in the usual Ferrari team mess and it would not surprise me if he will be looking for a change next year. I think he still has enough credit to make the step back. And somehow I have the feeling VET and VES would work.