Furious Verstappen caught on camera shoving Ocon after clash in Brazilian GP
Max Verstappen was caught on camera shoving Esteban Ocon after the pair clashed on-track during the Brazilian Grand Prix – an incident which saw the Red Bull driver lose out on the victory.
Verstappen was leading the race when on lap 44 out of 71, Ocon tried to unlap himself, but ended up touching the Dutchman’s Red Bull, causing them both to spin.
Verstappen was furious and branded Force India’s Ocon “a f***ing idiot”, but managed to get back on track and drove home to second place behind winner Lewis Hamilton.
Ocon was given a ten second stop/go penalty by the stewards.
But after the race Verstappen was still extremely angry and as the drivers gathered in the FIA garage where they are weighed, he confronted Ocon and pushed the Frenchman several times as his fury boiled over.
Afterwards, Ocon said: "What I'm really surprised of is the behaviour of Max. Coming into the scales, the FIA having to stop him from being violent, pushing me and wanting to punch me. That is not professional."
But Verstappen’s Red Bull team boss Christian Horner defended his driver and said: “Esteban was lucky to get away with a push, to be honest with you.”
Verstappen himself added: "If stewards give him a penalty than I think we know who's wrong. So many backmarkers try to race you. It was a stupid risk."
"What can I do about it? I lost a victory but hopefully in 15 years time we can laugh about it.”
Asked specifically about the incident in the FIA weigh room, he replied: “I don’t have a lot to comment on that, except that he was being a p****.”
Both drivers have now been called to the stewards to explain themselves.