November 11, 2018 / 8:10 PM / 5 months ago

Motor racing-Verstappen and Ocon face stewards after post-race shoving

SAO PAULO, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Force India’s Esteban Ocon were summoned to Brazilian Grand Prix stewards on Sunday for a post-race confrontation following a costly and controversial collision on track.

Verstappen was leading at Interlagos when Ocon tried to unlap himself and the two cars banged together, the impact sending the Dutchman into a spin that cost him a second successive victory.

The Red Bull driver, who had called the Frenchman an idiot over the radio among other more colourful language, was then seen on television angrily confronting Ocon and giving him a shove.

The 21-year-old was unrepentant when asked about it afterwards.

“We are passionate about the sport, right?,” he said. “It would be odd if I would shake his hand.”

Verstappen dismissed those who said he had taken things too far, adding: “I don’t care what those people say.

“I am a winner. To get taken out like that and then to get a stupid response from his side as well, I was unhappy about that,” he added.

The stewards issued a statement summoning both drivers for an alleged breach of the FIA International Sporting Code by acting in a manner “prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally”.

The statement referred specifically to “physical contact with another competitor in FIA garage” after the race. (Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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