Max Verstappen will have to perform two days worth of public service with the FIA, following on his confrontation with Esteban Ocon after the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Verstappen and Ocon were involved in an accident in the race where the Racing Point Force India driver attempted to unlap himself from the then race leader. The pair were side-by-side going into Turn 1 before they both made contact with one another, sending both drivers spinning.
The incident allowed Lewis Hamilton to go by and eventually go on to win the race, with Verstappen finishing behind him in second place. But after the race, Verstappen confronted Ocon in the FIA garage and pushed the French driver multiple times before being escorted out of the garage.
Ocon was penalised for the incident during the race, but Verstappen reacted aggressively towards the French driver which cost him victory at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.
The two were reported to the stewards after the race over the matter, and concluded that Verstappen was ‘triggered’ and lost his temper with Ocon.
The FIA understand that Verstappen was upset over the matter but they believed that he failed show ‘obligation of a sportsman’ over the situation and will now have to perform two days worth of public service with the FIA within a six month period.
The statement released by the FIA states: “The Stewards reviewed video evidence from the FIA’s CCTV Cameras and heard from the driver of car 33 (Max Verstappen), the driver of car 31 (Esteban Ocon) and the team representatives.
“The driver, Max Verstappen entered the FIA Weigh Bridge Garage, proceeded directly to Esteban Ocon and following a few words, started an altercation, pushing or hitting Ocon forcefully several times in the chest.
“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.)”