A shoving match ensued when Max Verstappen confronted Esteban Ocon after the Force India punted him out of the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix when being lapped, costing the Red Bull driver what was a sure victory on the day.
Verstappen was livid as he spun out and was forced to watch Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes flash past to claim the lead and eventual victory at Interlagos. The Dutchman recovered, flipping the bird at Ocon in the process.
But the car was damaged and although he delivered a gutsy fight back, he simply ran out of laps and had to settle for second.
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He fumed on the slow down lap: “I hope I can’t find him now in the paddock because that guy has a fucking problem. What a [long beep].”
In parc ferme the Red Bull driver added, “We did everything today. He [Ocon] was such an idiot he gets taken out while he’s being lapped. I think the race was better than expected for us today. The car worked well. The strategy worked well. I’m happy with second, but we should have won today.”
Verstappen then sought out Ocon and what ensued was a shoving match between the pair in the weigh-room as shown in the video below.
Asked about the tete-a-tete Verstappen said, I don’t really have lots to comment on that, except that he was being a pussy.”
“We are all passionate about the sport, but it would be odd if I shook his hand. I don’t care what people say. I’m a winner. To get taken out by that and to get a stupid response from their side, I was not happy about that.”
Both drivers were summoned to the stewards for alleged breach of Article 12.1.1.c) of the FIA International Sporting Code which states: Act prejudicial to the interests of any Competition or to the interests of motor sport generally, physical contact with another competitor in FIA garage.