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Max Verstappen: F1 boss slams ‘emotional’ Red Bull star after Esteban Ocon bust-up

MAX VERSTAPPEN has been told he must learn to control his emotions by Formula One sporting boss Ross Brawn.ed Bull’s Max Verstappen lost his temper after the Brazilian Grand Prix Red Bull’s Verstappen was involved in a heated exchange with Esteban Ocon after the Force India driver collided with him during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old was leading at Interlagos and looked on course for victory.

But the incident caused him to spin off and Leows Hamilton took full advantage as he claimed the win and Verstappen had to settle for second.

He could be heard over the radio calling Ocon a “f*****g idiot”.

Verstappen had driven an impeccable race until the incident, surging past both Ferraris and the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton from fifth on the grid.

But while Brawn sympathised with the Red Bull star, he has urged hm to control his emotions in future.

“Max vented his anger in parc ferme, making physical contact with Ocon,” he said.

Verstappen and Esteban Ocon crash

Verstappen collided with Force India’s Esteban Ocon while leading at Interlagos (Image: GETTY)

“It was not an edifying sight and though understandable it was of course not justifiable.

“The incident with Ocon was a cruel moment, but in the aftermath Max showed he has made enormous progress in his career [but he] is still not able to manage his emotions in these situations, an essential next step.

“Having said that, one mustn’t forget he is still very young and while his conduct wasn’t justifiable we can all understand the frustration he felt after the incident and again at the end of the race, the outcome of which should not cancel out what was an amazing performance from the Dutchman.

“After all, it’s not every day you drive past two Ferraris and two Mercedes.

Verstappen pushes Ocon

Verstapen was caught shoving Ocon on camera in ugly post-race scenes (Image: CANAL SPORT)
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn has told him to control his emotions (Image: GETTY)

“Over the past 10 years, no-one has won the Brazilian Grand Prix from further back than the second row, but Max came very close on Sunday.

“I’m sure Max will learn from what happened and that everything that happened, including the penalty he was given, will contribute to his development as a driver and mainly as a man.”

“Drivers must not forget they are role models for the fans and for youngsters who want to follow in their footsteps.

“Overall, Sunday was a lesson for both Verstappen and Ocon, one they won’t forget in a hurry. It’s just another part of their learning curve.”

Source: The Express UK.