SportVerstappen: Day of public service with stewards 'constructive'

00:40  13 january  2019
00:40  13 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

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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

FIA president Jean Todt has suggested Max Verstappen could be made to work closely with stewards in another motorsport category as part of his F1 ‘ public service ’.

Verstappen: Day of public service with stewards 'constructive'© Luca Bruno/AP Photo Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates his third place on the podium after the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says his day of public service at the ABB FIA Formula E race in Marrakesh was “a constructive thing for me”.

The Dutch driver spent Saturday observing the stewarding process at the event at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan, which was won by Mahindra Racing driver Jerome D’Ambrosio.

Verstappen was in Morocco at the request of the FIA to serve the first of two days of public service he was given after shoving former Force India racer Esteban Ocon in parc ferme at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Verstappen was ordered to do two days of work following his altercation with Esteban Ocon at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix. FIA president Jean Todt says that Max Verstappen 's public service work could involve working with race stewards . Verstappen was ordered to do two days of work following

Verstappen has been ordered to serve two days of public service after race stewards ruled he 'started an altercation' with the Force India driver before Both drivers were summoned to see the stewards , with Verstappen adjudged to have 'made deliberate physical contact' with his fellow driver.

Speaking in an FIA statement, Verstappen said: “It’s interesting to see it from the other side – normally you can’t spend an entire day with the stewards!

“Everybody does their own job during a [motorsport] weekend, and it’s good to really see what it takes to make these important decisions – sometimes a decision might not be nice for a certain person but it has to be taken and you have to follow the rules.

“I think it’s good to experience different things in racing rather than just sitting in the car – to be here and do this kind of work has been a constructive thing for me.”

Verstappen also reflected on his first appearance in the FE paddock, calling the championship “a cool series”.

“I’ve of course followed Formula E a bit on TV but I’ve never been in the paddock, and I really enjoyed the day,” he said. “First of all, it was a really exciting race. The championship is clearly growing and there are a lot of manufacturers here, so I think it’s a cool series.”

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‘The Stewards understood from Max Verstappen that he was extremely upset by the incident on track during the race and accepted his explanation that it was ‘The Stewards therefore ordered that Max Verstappen is required to perform two (2) days of public service at the direction of the FIA within six

Verstappen then made several overtakes in the closing laps to eventually finish on the podium in third place The team blamed both drivers and the stewards reprimanded both drivers.[62] Verstappen bounced back "FIA gives Max Verstappen ' public service ' for Esteban Ocon shove". Autosport.com.

It remains unclear how Verstappen will serve the second day of his public service, a punishment the FIA hands out as part of the educational philosophy it has regarding incidents such as the one at Interlagos.

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Verstappen: Day of public service with stewards 'constructive'

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