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Sunday, 11 November 2018

'Violent' Verstappen shoves rival after F1 crash


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Max Verstappen has shoved Esteban Ocon after being taken out of the Brazilian Grand Prix by his fellow F1 driver while leading the race.

Red Bull star Verstappen confronted Force India's Ocon after the race, shoving him in the chest several times while angrily berating him. Verstappen was on track to win the race before Ocon, a backmarker, collided with him and allowed Lewis Hamilton to seize victory.

Verstappen was heard calling Ocon a "f***ing idiot" over team radio after the incident.

Ocon later branded Verstappen "violent" and "not professional".

"What I am really surprised about is the behaviour of Max coming into the scales," he told TV reporters afterwards.

"The FIA having to stop him from being violent, pushing me and wanted me to punch me - and that is not professional.

Ocon said he had history with Verstappen from their days as F3 rivals and he was not planning to speak through the incident with him.

"I am used to the fights with Max. It has been the same. It goes back a few years, so no," he said.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said his driver was within his rights to be furious at Ocon.

"I think Max has been pretty restrained," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"It's cost him a grand prix victory. He's driven his heart out with a damaged car.

"Esteban was lucky to get away with a push, to be honest with you. Emotions are running high.

"I told him 'just get yourself under control' on the cool-down lap because he's lost a victory through no fault of his own today and it's hugely frustrating for him and for the team.

"We'd done everything right, we had Mercedes on the ropes, we'd passed Ferrari. Hugely frustrating for everybody to lose a victory through a backmarker."

Horner said Ocon, as a backmarker, had absolutely no right trying to race Verstappen.

"It's clear that as a lapped car you shouldn't interfere with the leader," Horner said.

"What on earth Ocon was thinking about there just beggars belief.

"They're quick on the straight, we know that. But why on earth is he racing the leader? He's a lap down. He doesn't have the pace.

"He's chucked the car up the inside there. It just makes absolutely no sense at all."

Ocon claimed he was within his rights to unlap himself under pressure from Verstappen after switching to faster supersoft tyres.

"I was two laps behind Max," he said. "The first lap I was a lot faster and the second lap I was a lot faster.

"I had fresh tyres basically and the rules say you are allowed to unlap yourself if you are faster, and that is what I did on the second lap because I had massive pace.

"I went around the outside of him, the same move I did on Fernando [Alonso], the same move I did on many other drivers, coming from last on the first lap.

"But it didn't happen the same way in the corner after that."

 

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Max Verstappen has shoved Esteban Ocon after being taken out of the Brazilian Grand Prix by his fellow F1 driver while leading the race.

Red Bull star Verstappen confronted Force India's Ocon after the race, shoving him in the chest several times while angrily berating him. Verstappen was on track to win the race before Ocon, a backmarker, collided with him and allowed Lewis Hamilton to seize victory.

Verstappen was heard calling Ocon a "f***ing idiot" over team radio after the incident.

Ocon later branded Verstappen "violent" and "not professional".

"What I am really surprised about is the behaviour of Max coming into the scales," he told TV reporters afterwards.

"The FIA having to stop him from being violent, pushing me and wanted me to punch me - and that is not professional.

Ocon said he had history with Verstappen from their days as F3 rivals and he was not planning to speak through the incident with him.

"I am used to the fights with Max. It has been the same. It goes back a few years, so no," he said.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said his driver was within his rights to be furious at Ocon.

"I think Max has been pretty restrained," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"It's cost him a grand prix victory. He's driven his heart out with a damaged car.

"Esteban was lucky to get away with a push, to be honest with you. Emotions are running high.

"I told him 'just get yourself under control' on the cool-down lap because he's lost a victory through no fault of his own today and it's hugely frustrating for him and for the team.

"We'd done everything right, we had Mercedes on the ropes, we'd passed Ferrari. Hugely frustrating for everybody to lose a victory through a backmarker."

Horner said Ocon, as a backmarker, had absolutely no right trying to race Verstappen.

"It's clear that as a lapped car you shouldn't interfere with the leader," Horner said.

"What on earth Ocon was thinking about there just beggars belief.

"They're quick on the straight, we know that. But why on earth is he racing the leader? He's a lap down. He doesn't have the pace.

"He's chucked the car up the inside there. It just makes absolutely no sense at all."

Ocon claimed he was within his rights to unlap himself under pressure from Verstappen after switching to faster supersoft tyres.

"I was two laps behind Max," he said. "The first lap I was a lot faster and the second lap I was a lot faster.

"I had fresh tyres basically and the rules say you are allowed to unlap yourself if you are faster, and that is what I did on the second lap because I had massive pace.

"I went around the outside of him, the same move I did on Fernando [Alonso], the same move I did on many other drivers, coming from last on the first lap.

"But it didn't happen the same way in the corner after that."

 

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