Max Verstappen has served half of his FIA public service punishment by attending the Marrakesh ePrix as a steward’s observer.
The Dutch Formula 1 driver was given a two day sentence from the FIA for the way he handled a confrontation with Force India’s Esteban Ocon in November. Verstappen had been leading the Brazilian Grand Prix comfortably when he clashed with the French driver while lapping him.
Things then proceeded to get a little heated at the FIA weigh-bridge afterwards, as Verstappen proceeded to push Ocon around.
The FIA weren’t pleased with the physical confrontation and investigated him for starting the altercation.
Verstappen was given two days of public service as an “educational and informative approach” to punishing Max.
The first of these two days has now been served, with Verstappen forced to fly to Morocco to oversee the steward’s work at the Marrakesh ePrix.
“It’s interesting to see it from the other side,” said Verstappen. “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.”
The FIA has yet to announce what form Verstappen’s second day of public service will take.