Todt: Verstappen could work with stewards as part of 'community service'

03-12-2018 09:00
by Jake Williams-Smith
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Todt: Verstappen could work with stewards as part of 'community service'

FIA president Jean Todt has hinted at a possible requirement of Max Verstappen as part of his community service with the governing body. Verstappen was handed the punishment after his physical confrontation with Esteban Ocon after a collision with the Frenchman took him out of the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen confronted the Force India driver after the conclusion of the race at Interlagos at the FIA weighbridge in a confrontation that resulted in the Dutchman shoving his rival several times.

His apparent lack of regret over the incident and disagreement with stewarding decisions regularly could make the type of resolution suggested a very interesting outcome.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Todt suggested that the Red Bull driver could be subjected to working with race stewards in an attempt to help the young star understand the job the stewards do on a race weekend.

"When you have these kinds of exposures, this kind of fame, it gives you also responsibilities," Todt said.

"So it means that whatever your emotions you must be able to control them. And to respect your supporters, to respect your word.

"If not you have some consequences. But I will say the consequences finally are quite small. Rightly so.

"What'll it be? Honestly nothing has been decided. But clearly it has to be something that will be supportive to the Formula 1 world, supportive to the racing world.

"Maybe a contribution to work closer with some stewards or some officials during some training, during some education groups. We have different things which are going to happen next year.

"Maybe participate in a group panel of stewards in another category of motorsport to put yourself in the other side and understand that it's not always easy.

"But I'm sure we'll find some constructive programmes."

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