Verstappen ordered to perform public service following Ocon clash

11/11/2018
NEWS STORY

Other than a war of words, following today's clash during the Brazilian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon were involved in a physical altercation after the race as they waited to be weighed by FIA officials.

Having reviewed video evidence from the FIA's CCTV Cameras and heard from Verstappen and Ocon, the stewards ruled that the Red Bull driver entered the FIA Weigh Bridge Garage, proceeded directly to Ocon and following a few words, started an altercation, pushing or hitting Ocon forcefully several times in the chest.

The stewards held a hearing, in which both drivers acted appropriately and cooperated with the stewards.

The stewards understood from 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 this 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 have therefore ordered that Verstappen is required to perform two days of public service at the direction of the FIA within six months of the incident.

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Published: 11/11/2018
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