Max Verstappen has been ordered by the FIA to carry out two days of public service for provoking a physical altercation with Esteban Ocon after Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Verstappen initiated a heated exchange with the Force India driver in the FIA garage after the race, shoving Ocon several times and accusing the Frenchman of ruining a potential race win after the pair made contact on lap 44 of the race.
Both drivers were summoned to the stewards to explain their actions, and after hearing both parties and reviewing video evidence of the altercation, they issued the following verdict:
Verstappen lashes out at ‘idiot’ Ocon, and it gets physical!
“The driver, Max Verstappen entered the FIA Weigh Bridge Garage, proceeded directly to driver Esteban Ocon and following a few words, started an altercation, pushing or hitting Ocon forcefully several times in the chest.
“The stewards held a hearing, in which both drivers acted appropriately and cooperated with the Stewards. The Stewards understood from Max Verstappen that he was extremely upset by the incident on track during the race and accepted his explanation that it was not his original intent to strike Ocon, but that he was “triggered” and caused him to lose his temper.
“While sympathetic to Verstappen’s passion, the Stewards determined that it is the obligation of sportsmen at this level to act appropriately and as role models to other drivers at all levels and found that Verstappen failed in this respect.
“The Stewards therefore ordered that Max Verstappen is required to perform two (2) days of public service at the direction of the FIA within six months of the incident. (Penalty under Art. 12.3.1.c of the FIA International Sporting Code.)”
After meeting with the stewards, Vesrtappen and Ocon put the case to rest and shook hands in the paddock.
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