Cape Town - As Formula 1 awaits word on what Max Verstappen's public
service days will entail, Jean Todt has suggested making him a race steward for
a day so that he can experience the "other side."
Verstappen earned himself two days of public service for
physically shoving Esteban Ocon in the wake of the Brazilian GP, a race in
which the Frenchman's efforts to unlap himself cost Verstappen the win.
The Red Bull driver's punishment is unprecedented, leaving
many to wonder what exactly the FIA will have him doing.
Verstappen has made it clear he won't be made to embarrass
"I'm definitely not going to look silly," he said.
"I think anyway I'm already very hard-treated by that, so we'll find
something suitable, because I'm not going to look like an idiot."
However, with Todt's suggestion he won't be made to look
like a fool, instead he may just learn something.
"When you have these kinds of exposures, this kind of
fame, it gives you also responsibilities," the FIA president told Sky F1.
"So it means that whatever your emotions you must be
able to control them. And to respect your supporters, to respect your word.
"If not you have some consequences. But I will say the
consequences finally are quite small. Rightly so.
"What'll it be? Honestly nothing has been decided.
"But clearly it has to be something that will be
supportive to the Formula 1 world, supportive to the racing world.
"Maybe a contribution to work closer with some stewards
or some officials during some training, during some education groups. We have
different things which are going to happen next year.
"Maybe participate in a group panel of stewards in
another category of motorsport to put yourself in the other side and understand
that it's not always easy.
"But I'm sure we'll find some constructive