Verstappen handed ‘public service’ punishment for shoving Ocon

Formula 1
Esteban Ocon (left) and Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen will serve part of his punishment for shoving Esteban Ocon “as an observer to the stewards” at Saturday’s Formula E race in Marrakesh.

The Dutchman, 21, has to do two days of “public service” after an angry row with his fellow driver following the Formula 1 race in Brazil in November.

The Red Bull driver lost the lead in a collision with backmarker Ocon, with Lewis Hamilton then winning.

Verstappen shoved Ocon three times when the pair met in the pits.

“Max Verstappen will attend the Marrakesh E-Prix as a result of the stewards’ decision at the 2018 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix,” said a statement from the sport’s governing body, the FIA.

“Verstappen will spend 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.”

Before the punishment was announced, Verstappen said he did not want to do anything that would make him “look like an idiot” because he felt “already very harshly treated”.

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The Marrakesh E-Prix is the second race of the 2018-19 season in the all-electric series and you can watch coverage of the race live from Morocco on Connected TV, the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button from 14:30 GMT on Saturday.

There will also be a full replay of the race available via the BBC Red Button from 17:25 GMT.

Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa, racing for the BMW Andretti team, won the opening Formula E race of the season in Saudi Arabia in December.

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