Published: 10:16 | 12/11/18

Verstappen punished for Ocon clash


Max Verstappen has been ordered to do public service following an altercation with Esteban Ocon at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen looked to be on course for the race victory when he spun as Ocon attempted to unlap himself on lap 44, resulting in the Red Bull driver dropping down to second behind eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton.

A furious Verstappen confronted Ocon in the driver weighing area afterwards and pushed him forcibly several times in the chest.

Both drivers were summoned to appear before the stewards with Verstappen found to have 'made deliberate physical contact' with Ocon and he was ordered to carry out two days of public service.

“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,” read the official stewards verdict.

“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.”

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