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Verstappen is given a public service order after Ocon brawl

 

By Philip Duncan

Max Verstappen has been sentenced to two days of community service by Formula One's governing body after he sensationally shoved Esteban Ocon following Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen, furious with Ocon after their collision denied the Red Bull driver a fine win at Interlagos, squared up to the Frenchman as he was about to be weighed, before pushing him three times.

FIA officials had to jump in and restrain Ocon from retaliating.

The dramatic incident was caught on camera, and both Verstappen (21), and Ocon, one year the Dutchman's senior, were hauled in front of the stewards.

Verstappen, who finished second to Lewis Hamilton, was found guilty of "starting an altercation, pushing or hitting Ocon forcefully several times in the chest", and failing to "act as a role model to drivers of all levels".

As such, the Dutchman must now serve two days of work of "public interest" at the FIA's request within the next six months.

Verstappen was seething with rage after his collision with Ocon on lap 44.

Ocon, one lap down on the Dutchman and in 16th place, went wheel-to-wheel with the race leader at 220mph, before he banged into the right-rear of Verstappen's car through the Senna Esses, sending him into a race-losing spin.

"What a f****** idiot," Verstappen fumed over the radio before recovering to finish less than two seconds behind Hamilton. The rest of his message contained a series of bleeped-out expletives.

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