An incensed Red Bull boss Helmut Marko has made an outrageous claim against Esteban Ocon following his altercation with Max Verstappen at the end of the race, saying that a 'future 'Mercedes driver' had been involved and it was 'unbelievable'.
In a stunning close to the Brazil Grand Prix, a routine manouevre from Verstappen in overtaking Ocon led to the latter unexpectedly attempting to unlap himself against the Dutchman.
But Verstappen had not anticipated the move and both cars spun, allowing Lewis Hamilton to bolt through and win the race, leaving Verstapen incredulous at Ocon, which led to a physical altercation in the paddock post-race.
Verstappen appears unwilling to forgive Ocon's actions, crudely branding him 'a p***y' in the post-race press conference, and now Marko had added fuel to the flames of conspiracy by hinting that the crash may have been deliberate to allow Mercedes to win the constructor's championship.
According to Motorsport Magazin, he stated: "A Mercedes driver who is promised a seat for 2020, the leader drives into the car - unbelievable.
"One could have told him, 'Hello, that's the leader, he has new tires on it, do not attack him!
"That such an idiot gets only a 10-second penalty, I would have expected a lock."
Ocon is struggling to retain his seat for next season, and is part of the Mercedes driver program, with him likely to miss out on the 2019 altogether.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.