Max Verstappen had a “constructive” day out with FIA race stewards at ABB FIA Formula E race in Marrakesh.
The governing body had asked the Dutch driver to spend a day at the event as a part of his two days of public service. Verstappen spent Saturday at race control room observing how stewards’ function during the event.
He got two days of public service as a reprimand for shoving Esteban Ocon at the Brazilian GP last year.
After the event, Verstappen released a statement via FIA stating: “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.”
This was the Dutch driver’s first experience at a Formula E event. He thought it was “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.”
The FIA is yet to decide on how the Dutchman will serve his second day of public service. Last year Verstappen had some angry words about the how stewards were harsh towards him. Perhaps this visit will give him clarity on the thankless job that befalls on the officials.