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Community service for Verstappen after Ocon incident

Verstappen confronted Ocon after a racing incident during the Brazilian Grand Prix. Credit: PA

Max Verstappen has been sentenced to two days of community service by Formula One's governing body after he sensationally shoved Esteban Ocon following Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen, furious with Ocon after their collision denied the Red Bull driver a fine win at Interlagos, squared up to the Frenchman as he was about to be weighed, before pushing him three times.

FIA officials had to jump in and restrain Ocon from retaliating.

The dramatic incident was caught on camera, and both Verstappen, 21, and Ocon, one year the Dutchman's senior, were hauled in front of the stewards.

Verstappen, who finished second to Lewis Hamilton, was found guilty of "starting an altercation, pushing or hitting Ocon forcefully several times in the chest", and failing to "act as a role model to drivers of all levels".

As such, the Dutchman must now serve two days of work of "public interest" at the FIA's request within the next six months.

Verstappen was seething with rage after his collision with Ocon on lap 44.

Ocon, one lap down on the Dutchman and in 16th place, went wheel-to-wheel with the race leader at 220mph, before he banged into the right-rear of Verstappen's car through the Senna Esses, sending him into a race-losing spin.

"What a f****** idiot," Verstappen fumed over the radio before he recovered to finish less than two seconds behind Hamilton.

"I don't know what to say," Verstappen's race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase said.

"I know what to say," Verstappen replied. "I hope I don't find him in the paddock."

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18-year old Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix

Verstappen took advantage of a first-lap collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Credit: PA

Max Verstappen took advantage of a jaw-dropping first-lap collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to become Formula One's youngest-ever winner of an incredible Spanish Grand Prix.

Eighteen-year-old Verstappen showed maturity beyond his tender years on his Red Bull debut to fend off the challenge from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who at 36 is twice as old as the Dutchman.

The tone was set for a race that will live long in the memory after pole-sitter Hamilton lost control of his car and crashed into Rosberg at turn three, taking both Mercedes drivers out of the grand prix in one swoop.

Niki Lauda, Mercedes' non-executive chairman, instantly apportioned blame to Hamilton describing the world champion's actions as "too aggressive".

Hamilton and Rosberg, yet to comment on the incident, will now report to the stewards with the opening-lap incident under investigation.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in third to complete the podium. Daniel Ricciardo, who led the opening phase of the race, was forced to pit on the penultimate lap with a puncture.

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