Verstappen completes 'public service' punishment

In attending the FIA International Stewards Programme, Max Verstappen has completed the public service punishment meted out to him in Brazil.

The youngster was ordered to perform two days of public service, within six months, after stewards at Interlagos deemed he had started an altercation, pushing or hitting Esteban Ocon forcefully several times in the chest, in the aftermath of their collision during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Having previously spent a day as an observer with the stewards at the Marrakesh E-Prix in January, yesterday Verstappen joined the FIA International Stewards Programme in Geneva.

It’s understood he took part in a number of interactive case study sessions, which involved considering an incident, deliberating with the stewards and deciding an appropriate penalty, activities which are in line with the educational approach taken by the FIA.

“We are doing our job on the track, trying to get the best out of the race, and it’s clear that the stewards are doing their job to find the best way to reach a fair decision,” said Verstappen.

“It’s been a good lesson and I’ve learned a lot, both in my day in Marrakesh, which I really enjoyed and which gave me a good understanding of the stewards, and now here – I think it’s also good to be a part of this event.”