The FIA has has directed Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen to attend this weekend’s Marrakesh E-Prix as his one day of public service for shoving Esteban Ocon at last year’s Brazilian GP.
The Dutchman had developed a mature form over the last season and lost his cool when backmarker Ocon impeded his sure win race and caused a collision during the final laps of the Brazilian GP. He confronted Ocon during the post-race weigh-in and the Frenchman is said to have provoked Verstappen.
They handed him a two-day public service as a punishment for his less than professional behaviour. The FIA has asked the Red Bull driver to visit the second race of Formula E’s 2019 season as an ‘educational’ event.
The governing body has stressed the visit is not a ‘punishment’ but rather the first choice of a single seater event which is high profile enough to be noted.
It would have been difficult for the Red Bull driver to attend any racing events during the weekends once the grand prix season starts.
Verstappen will spend the day observing how the FIA stewards’ function from the race control. Former Red Bull F1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will be one of the race stewards for the Marrakesh event
The governing body released a statement: “Max Verstappen will attend the Marrakesh E-Prix as a result of the stewards’ decision at the 2018 Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix.
“Verstappen will spend the day as an observer to the stewards, closely following their work at a top-level international motorsport event as part of the educational and informative approach taken by the FIA in this matter.”
Verstappen has to spend one more day to complete his two-day service as per the ruling. It is still not clear how his second day of public service will be used.