Max Verstappen Tries To Fight Esteban Ocon Following Brazil Crash

Esteban Ocon received a 10-second stop-go penalty after stewards decided he was wrong to battle race-leader Max Verstappen going into Turn 1 during last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

While Ocon was allowed to unlap himself as a back marker, F1 race director Charlie Whiting concluded that attempting to pass Verstappen going into Turn 1 was “wholly unacceptable.” Before the two made contact, Verstappen was leading the race, on pace to win.

The young Dutchman was furious and understandably so, cussing out Ocon over the radio and going as far as to track him down post-race and shove him in front of pretty much everyone else who was there – including other fellow drivers and the media.

According to Whiting, Ocon should have waited to get DRS into Turn 4 and attempt his pass, if he was truly quicker than Verstappen at that point.

“It’s happened many times in the past,” said the FIA exec while talking about lapped drivers passing frontrunners. “But of course you expect it to be done safely. It should be done cleanly and absolutely without fighting. You shouldn’t be fighting to get past.”

Ocon, as you might expect, feels quite differently:

Speaking of fighting, the shoving match was clearly initiated by Verstappen, who has since been ordered to complete two days of “public service at the discretion of the FIA within six months of the incident,” reports Autosport.

“Max Verstappen entered the FIA Weigh Bridge Garage, proceeded directly to Esteban Ocon and following a few words, started an altercation, pushing or hitting Ocon forcefully several times in the chest,” concluded the stewards, while also adding that it is understood that the Dutchman was extremely upset and passionate about what had happened during the race.

 

  • Six Thousand Times

    Even if it looks like Max closed the door too late, two cars can’t occupy the same space. Ocon took too much risk attempting that overtake.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      That wasn’t an overtake. He was unlapping himself

      • Six Thousand Times

        Overtaking to unlap yourself is still overtaking.

        • LeStori

          When you are just trying to unlap yourself on a race leader you would sensibly do it it in a less risky situation. If he was actually faster than Verstappen at the time, all he had to do was wait for a straight rather than doing a risky move . Reminds me of the blow fly behavior of Marquez on Rossi in MotoGP a few years ago.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I agree. Making an overly optimistic pass for position is one thing but taking that silly of a risk just to unlap yourself? Not cool, man.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          But you can do it only on straigt line, you can’t fight and slow down the other car (rulebook, also explained by the race director)

          • Six Thousand Times

            I’m not sure what you’re arguing here. Or what you believe you’re arguing against.

  • ScottM

    Didn’t realize F1 protected their stars from having to actually race start to finish. The pink car was there, the red bull car has to adapt. I love how they say “you should have done it elsewhere. What next, yellow “no passing” signs like public roads?

    • LeStori

      OCON was a back marker 1 lap down from the race leader . He was not going to gain anything from doing an overtake in such a dicey situation.

      Meanwhile he was lucky Verstappen was “restrained”. Other wise he would have received several punches to the head just like Salazar received from Nelson Piquet in 1982

  • panda-R

    As lewis hamilton said… verstappen had everything to lose and ocon had nothing to lose. Verstappen should have backed off but we all know he’s out there to show everyone whose the boss.

  • FlameWater

    Vercrashin only doing what he does best

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