Dutch driver Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will have to provide two days of “public service” for his incident with Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Force India), whom he pushed in the middle of an argument after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix.
The sanction, applied by the FIA, does not clarify the type of “public service” that the Dutch driver must provide, but it does specify that the punishment must be served during the next six months.
The incidents began on lap 43 of the Brazilian Grand Prix, held this Sunday at the Interlagos circuit, when Verstappen was driving first, ahead of the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), ultimately the winner.
At that moment Ocon tried to unfold, but collided with Verstappen, who once the race was over faced the Force India pilot and pushed him several times in the garage during the weigh-in of the pilots, according to images released by French television.
“It has been very violent and very unprofessional. After the race you have to speak, you cannot come with your hands in front “, said Ocon after that incident.
The Dutch driver, who finally finished the race in second place, left the podium visibly angry and without celebrating his position.
Before the ceremony, he called Ocon an “idiot” and said he deserved the victory.
“I don’t talk to idiots,” said Verstappen in the mixed zone of the São Paulo track, the penultimate round of the Formula One championship, which was won by five-time champion Hamilton, giving Mercedes its fifth constructors’ championship. EFE