Verstappen defends Ocon push in tense conference

Date published: November 22 2018

Max Verstappen has defended his actions in Brazil as both he and Esteban Ocon sat in the same FIA press conference.

Verstappen and Ocon were sat either side of the two Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, in Abu Dhabi and were inevitably hit with a barrage of questions about their collision in Brazil which ultimately cost the Dutchman victory.

The Red Bull driver was adamant that he did nothing wrong both on and off the track, where he subsequently pushed Ocon around in the weighing room.

“It’s easy to say I should have done something different,” Verstappen said.

“But I don’t expect to crash with a backmarker. 

“I honestly don’t understand what I should be doing different.

“With the emotional side of it, you have not been a racing driver or you have not been in this position where there is a lot to play for.

“We are all here to win and you are in that position, then it gets taken from you. It’s not nice.

“Emotions can then take over and I think it is really normal [to react like that].”

Verstappen was then pressed on what Ocon had actually said in the weighing room to prompt such a reaction from him.

“Something I wasn’t expecting to hear,” Verstappen replied. “It doesn’t matter what it is was, at the end of the day.

“It clearly p*ssed me off as straightaway I was expecting an apology.

“Maybe with the adrenaline still kicking in from the race then maybe you don’t get the right answer.

“But we are not robots. We have emotions. We could put robots in the car but I don’t think we want that.”

Ocon was asked after whether he felt he played his part in what happened between the old F3 rivals.

“Yeah, I just think we need to move forward from what happened,” he answered.

“We can’t change the past.

“Even if Max said the opposite and that he would like to come back on what he did after the race.

“So it’s done, we can’t change it and we have to move forward.”