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Ocon and Verstappen summoned by stewards

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11/11/2018

Days after Max Verstappen admitted that he could have done "damage to someone" in the wake of his failure to secure pole position in Mexico, the Dutch youngster has been involved in a post-race incident with Esteban Ocon.

The two clashed during the race, Verstappen losing the lead - and the win - when he was hit by Ocon's Force India as the Frenchman attempted to un-lap himself.

The stewards subsequently handed Ocon a time penalty and penalty points, however both drivers were summoned when it was learned that the two had physically clashed in the moments after the race.

Verstappen appeared to confront Ocon and then push him, the Force India driver reciprocating and then the Red Bull driver pushing him again.

While one can sympathise with Verstappen for the on-track clash, he has done himself no favours in terms of the post-race Verstappen-slappen, especially when one bears his Mexico comments in mind.

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1. Posted by 4SQUARETYRES, 13/11/2018 17:27

"I miss the days when drivers would actually do more than just push each other around. I would like to see some more emotion out there when they drive too.There's no more fighter pilots just drones now.
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2. Posted by meatball, 12/11/2018 18:17

"I'm glad Max did this. FINALLY Some raw emotion.

Yeah the kid has a hot head but Ocon was a twat for what he did. You don't throw it up the inside when you are trying to unlap yourself, you are still in the same damn position but now you have busted aero parts and run the risk of finishing dead last.

We don't need nascar style helmet throwing but max was ripped off.

At the same time, max "Could have" let him go, or at least gave him room, it would have had no bearing on his race position if he had. "

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3. Posted by Pavlo, 12/11/2018 10:10

"Stitch431 and others - let's not repeat the whining of Horner and Marco (well, they do it for money at least). Every time when it's obvious that Max is guilty, it's just "his mistake, nothing wrong". But when it's not obvious Max is guilty, then it's a conspiracy theory, Renault is giving bad engine on purpose, Ocon unlapped himself on purpose, etc.
Answering your question, if there was a same situation between Ocon and Vettel, Seb would have been penalized (and actually he was in Mexico even without fighting). If the same happened between Ocon and Kimi, Kimi would have just given him space because he has brain to look into the mirrors and avoid unnecessary contact."

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4. Posted by mickl, 11/11/2018 22:43

"@Stitch431 you are clearly a thug and an idiot. Nice to preach violence on Rememberance sunday."

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5. Posted by Stitch431, 11/11/2018 22:24

"I will remember that next time around, witnessing a pub fight in a Spanish beach club... Common guys, don't try to be more correct than the pope"

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6. Posted by bfairey, 11/11/2018 21:58

"thou shall not push or punch each other."

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7. Posted by Stitch431, 11/11/2018 21:51

"Ocon is a clear nut and he obviously gave his boss a nice farewell present as Verstappen not only would have won, but he would also have passed Bottas in the championship, what do you think what would have happened if this was done to Vettel instead of Verstappen?"

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8. Posted by Elf Team Tyrrell, 11/11/2018 21:48

"Whoever was in the right or the wrong here and whatever peoples opinions towards either driver.....this reaction is totally unacceptable and needs to be stamped on hard. Totally unacceptable for sportsmen at the pinnacle of their sport. "

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9. Posted by mickl, 11/11/2018 21:34

"Cue all the it's cos Max is a winner apologists."

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