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Verstappen ordered to do public service after Ocon scuffle

11 listopad 2018 23:29

Max Verstappen must serve two days of public service within the next six months after pushing Esteban Ocon following their collision at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen's race unfolded on lap 44 when, as leader, he went to overtake backmarker Ocon at the second turn in Sao Paulo.

However, Ocon did not yield as he looked to unlap himself and the pair duly made contact, sending them spinning off the track.

The incident cost Verstappen victory at Interlagos, the Red Bull driver unable to make up the ground on Lewis Hamilton after the Briton came surging past.

Verstappen reacted angrily over team radio and sought out Ocon after the race, shoving the Frenchman as they waited to be weighed.

Both were summoned to appear in front of FIA stewards, and Verstappen has been punished for making "deliberate physical contact" with Ocon.

"The driver [Verstappen] is required to perform two days of public service at the direction of the FIA within six months of the incident," an FIA release read.

"The stewards reviewed video evidence from the FIA's CCTV cameras and heard from the driver of car 33 [Verstappen], the driver of car 31 [Ocon] and the team representatives.

"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 co-operated 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."

Ocon was handed a 10-second stop/go penalty during the race for his involvement in the accident.

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