Verstappen 'public service' suggestion made by FIA

Saturday, 01 december 2018, 07:39 , by Matthew Scott

FIA president Jean Todt has suggested that Max Verstappen may have to work with race stewards as part of his 'public service' handed down as a punishment for his clash with Esteban Ocon after their on-track coming-together at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen shoved Ocon in the weighing room after a race in which a certain Red bull victory was wiped out by the Frenchman's attempts to unlap himself to the then-race leader, which only served to put them both into a spin.

The Dutchman has said he "will not look like an idiot" while serving out his service, which is still yet to be decided.

"When you have these kinds of exposures, this kind of fame, it gives you also responsibilities," Todt told Sky Sports. "So it means that whatever your emotions you must be able to control them. And to respect your supporters, to respect your word.

"If not you have some consequences. But I will say the consequences finally are quite small. Rightly so.

"What'll it be, honestly nothing has been decided. But clearly it has to be something that will be supportive to the Formula 1 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 [in] a group panel of stewards in another category of motorsport to put yourself in the other side and understand that it's not always easy. But I'm sure we'll find some constructive programmes."

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Comments (8)

  • Stefan Vis
    Ha. So when drivers win and they are a little bit too happy, they will also face "consequences"? A world without emotions good or bad, will be a world where we are dead as humans. Ocon showed a French " no fucks given" emotion with the famous French stance, so Verstappen showed another emotion triggered by that stance. Its human nature. If Ocon made another stance, Verstappen would have been ok. Its all action reaction. If Max would have backed away tail between legs, there would not have been a learning curve but it would be fact that an asshole attitude wins. I think its good Ocon is not driving next year. And i hope Max can give stewards some insight back in his public service.
  • Don Clark
    His driving is great but his race craft is what's lacking. That being said, the FIA should not condone pushing but at the same time do we really want all the passion removed from the drivers, it's not like he threw a punch.
  • Martin Elliott
    Hardly "Public Service" and rather, as always with FIA, totally incestuous. The FIA desperately needs some external assessment and training and review.
  • James Brown
    No, make him watch videos on good overtakes so he can learn to not make contact with every overtake he does
  • Martin Hossell
    His service should be washing all of the FIA Steward's cars
  • Luis Madrigal
    What a punishment ! That will change his career.
  • Roberto Varriale
    Punch in the face will probably serve better

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