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Verstappen heads to Formula E... for public service detail

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11/01/2019

Max Verstappen is to attend this weekend's Formula E race in Marrakesh as part of his public service following his off-track clash with Esteban Ocon in Brazil.

Rather than attending a Formula E race being seen as punishment, it is understood the Dutch youngster's attendance is seen as part of the FIA's educational philosophy in respect of the incident in Brazil, where having clashed with backmarker Ocon during the race, the Red Bull driver subsequently sought him out in the weigh-station and "shoved" him.

"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," said Interlagos officials at the time, "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."

Subsequently deeming that Verstappen should serve two days of public service, the youngster was adamant that he would not do anything embarrassing, even suggesting that he attend the FIA Prize-giving as part of his punishment.

Though unclear what the precise nature of his service might be, it was suggested that the Red Bull driver could possibly work alongside officials at a future event. It is understood that this weekend's Formula E race is the first suitable event.

"Max Verstappen will attend the Marrakesh E-Prix as a result of the stewards' decision at the 2018 Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix," said the FIA in a brief statement.

"Verstappen will spend the day as an observer to the stewards, closely following their work at a top-level international motor sport event as part of the educational and informative approach taken by the FIA in this matter."

Verstappen will report for duty at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan on Saturday morning, and then head to race control where he will watch proceedings alongside the FIA stewards, who include former F1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi - himself a former Red Bull driver - who is the drivers' steward this weekend.

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1. Posted by Hobgoblin, 15/01/2019 12:18

"So, a jolly to a Formula E event. Harsh.

How about some REAL work?"

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2. Posted by Tom2681, 13/01/2019 0:08

"Attending a Formula E race as punishment? How unnecessarily cruel.
Give me prison any day."

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3. Posted by Batman, 11/01/2019 21:55

"What do i need to do to serve a public service like this one?"

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4. Posted by klmn, 11/01/2019 20:32

"I can't remember that Senna and Piquet did public service after realy hitting their opponemts , no pushing in these years but real punches . Good old days are gone."

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5. Posted by Burton, 11/01/2019 20:03

"A few years ago, this brat brought up a dead marshall for no reason to "defend" himself from fair criticism over his antics at Spa vs. Kimi. Making him marshall instead of just watching stewards work would teach him proper respect."

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