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Verstappen's public service to involve working with stewards?

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01/12/2018

Speaking in Abu Dhabi last week, having jokingly suggested that attending the FIA Gala could form his public service, Max Verstappen made clear that it must not be anything demeaning, anything that would embarrass him, the youngster clearly failing to understand that the punishment - which is in respect of the fact that he "made deliberate physical contact with the driver of car 31 (Esteban Ocon) in the FIA garage" in Brazil - is to teach him a lesson. It is to teach him some humility, and if there is a certain amount of embarrassment involved so be it.

However, speaking to Sky Sports, FIA president, Jean Todt, has admitted that the Red Bull driver will not be required to pick up litter in the Place de la Concorde, but rather something supportive of the sport.

"We will see," says Todt, when asked what the youngster's punishment might be, "I mean, again, it's raw emotion, when you have these kinds of exposures, this kind of fame, it gives you also responsibilities.

"So it means that whatever your emotions you must be able to control them," he continues. "And to respect, you know, to respect your supporters, to respect your word. If not, you have some consequences. But I will say the consequences, finally are quite, quite small. Rightly so.

"What can it be, nothing has been decided," he admits, "but clearly it has to be something that will be supportive, supportive to the Formula One world, supportive to the racing world.

"Maybe a contribution to work closer with some stewards or some officials during some training, during some education groups. We have different things which are going to happen next year.

"Maybe participate to a group panel of stewards in another category of motorsport to put yourself in the other side and understand, you know, to understand that it's not always easy. But I'm sure we will find some constructive programmes."

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1. Posted by bfairey, 04/12/2018 0:37

"you mean work with Whiting????"

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2. Posted by Paul C, 03/12/2018 18:49

"Maybe Max could be a steward in the lower FIA Formula series. "Steward Max tells you how to compete safely" "

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3. Posted by Ro, 02/12/2018 0:52

"I think a good "punishment" would be to have him sweep the front door footpath of the new Media Liberty building. Now that's not demeaning, is it?"

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4. Posted by NickK, 01/12/2018 14:46

"If Max wants to attract and keep high quality personal sponsorships and long term admiration of fans he needs to learn the hard way not to be so persistently arrogant and not to act as a nasty little bully when he doesn't get his own forceful way. He's young and very privileged and clearly has outstanding driving talents, but his recent behaviour is immatuture, unsporting and deeply unattractive on and off the track. "

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