MAX VERSTAPPEN ATTENDS MARRAKESH E-PRIX AS PART OF HIS COMMUNITY SERVICE
Following his altercation with Estaban Ocon in Brazil Max Verstappen was ordered to complete two days of "public service at the discretion of the FIA" and it appears his first day of punishment was to attend the Marrakesh E-Prix.
Verstappen was handed the so called punishment following his actions after a collision during the Brazilian Grand Prix with Ocon which ultimately cost him the win. The Red Bull driver angrily confronted Ocon during the drivers weigh-in shoving him and it was deemed by the FIA that Verstappen should undertake two days of 'community service' as a punishment for making "deliberate physical contact" however many have reacted with fury that attending the E-Prix should be classed as a punishment.
An FIA statement released stated that:
Verstappen spent the day as an observer to the stewards, closely following their work at a top-level international motor sport event as part of the educational and informative approach taken by the FIA in this matter.
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 the 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.
“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. 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.”
Verstappen is required to attend a further one day of public service, but the FIA are yet to confirm when or where this will be completed with his punishment to be completed within a six month period.