SAO PAULO, Brazil – Formula 1 stewards have ordered Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to do two days’public service after a race collision with Force India’s Esteban Ocon that cost him victory in Brazil on Sunday.
Verstappen was leading at Interlagos and was trying to overtake back-marker Ocon but the they collided and Verstappen spun off, leaving F1 champion Lewis Hamilton win for Mercedes.
The Hollander called Ocon ”an idiot” and swore loudly over his radio. After the race he was seen to push Ocon.
He was reported as saying soon afterwards: “Were passionate about the sport, right? It would be odd if I shook his hand. I don’t care what people say, I am a winner.”
Stewards accepted his explanation that he had not’originally intended to hit Ocon but did lose his temper. The stewards had handed Ocon a 10sec stop/go penalty for causing the collision.
Ocon said later he was on newer tyres and was lapping faster than Verstappen. “What really surprised me was Max’s behaviour at the weigh-in. The FIA had to stop him being violent, pushing me, wanting to punch me.
“Im used to the fights with Max, he has always been the same. It goes back a few years’.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said Ocon’s actions”beggared belief”.