Abu Dhabi GP: Max Verstappen has no regrets over Esteban Ocon clash
"It could have been a lot worse," says Verstappen. "I thought it was a calm response"; Sunday's Abu Dhabi GP starts at 1.10pm
Max Verstappen says he has no regrets about pushing Esteban Ocon after the Brazilian GP and says their confrontation could have been a "lot worse".
The Red Bull driver will have to serve two days of public service after shoving his Force India rival following their crash during last Sunday's race at Interlagos.
"I don't understand what l could have done differently," insisted Verstappen during a tense press conference for this weekend's Abu Dhabi GP.
"We are all emotional. I had just lost a victory and from my side l was really calm. It could have been a lot worse. I thought it was a calm response. What did you expect? Me to shake his hand and thank him for finishing second?"
Verstappen added that opinion of his actions would be different had his conversation with Ocon on the weighbridge been made recorded.
"If you understood the whole conversation it would be different," he said.
Pressed to reveal what was said, Verstappen replied: "Something l didn't expect to hear. I was after an apology and l got a bit of a different response."
Ocon, sitting alongside Verstappen, refused to be drawn on the incident.
"We have to move forward, we cannot change the past," Ocon said. "I'm sure even if Max said the opposite he would like to come back on what he did after the race."
Sky Sports F1's Abu Dhabi GP schedule
Thursday, November 22
11am: Drivers' Press Conference LIVE! (In Part One: Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and George Russell; In Part Two: Esteban Ocon, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel).
2pm: Welcome to the Weekend LIVE!
Friday, November 23
8.45am: Abu Dhabi GP Practice One build-up LIVE!
9am: ABU DHABI GP PRACTICE ONE LIVE!
11am: Team Principals' Press Conference - Digital only (Cyril Abiteboul, Renault; Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari; Christian Horner, Red Bull; Otmar Szafnauer, Racing Point; Toto Wolff, Mercedes).
12.45pm: Abu Dhabi GP Practice Two build-up LIVE!
1pm: ABU DHABI GP PRACTICE TWO LIVE!
2.55pm: Abu Dhabi F2 Qualifying LIVE!
Saturday, November 24
9.45am: Abu Dhabi GP Practice Three build-up LIVE!
10am: ABU DHABI GP PRACTICE THREE LIVE!
12pm: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying build-up LIVE! (Simulcast on Sky One)
1pm: ABU DHABI GP QUALIFYING LIVE! (Simulcast on Sky One)
2.30pm: Abu Dhabi F2 Race One LIVE!
3.30pm: The F1 Show LIVE! (it will immediately follow the F2 race)
Sunday, November 25
9.30am: Abu Dhabi F2 Race Two LIVE!
11.30am: Pit Lane LIVE! (Simulcast on Sky One)
12.30pm: On The Grid LIVE! (Simulcast on Sky One)
1.10pm: THE ABU DHABI GP LIVE! (Simulcast on Sky One)
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