Max Verstappen described his day with the stewards at this weekends Formula E race in Morocco as “constructive” after serving the first day of his FIA punishment.
The FIA handed Verstappen two days of public service for pushing Esteban Ocon after the Brazilian Grand Prix, after the Red Bull driver was unhappy about contact between the two that occurred while he was in the lead and a lap ahead of the Frenchman. The first day of that punishment saw Verstappen spending Saturday as an observer to the stewards at the Marrakesh E-Prix, which the FIA said involved him “closely following their work at a top-level international motorsport event as part of the educational and informative approach taken by the FIA in this matter.”
Following the visit, Verstappen says the ability to spend so much time understanding a different role in motorsport was a beneficial one.
“It’s interesting to see it from the other side — normally you can’t spend an entire day with the stewards!” Verstappen said. “Everybody does their own job during the weekend, and it’s good to really see what it takes to make these important decisions. Sometimes a decision might not be nice for a certain person but it has to be taken and you have to follow the rules.
“I think it’s good to experience different things in racing rather than just sitting in the car — to be here and do this kind of work has been a constructive thing for me.”
The 21-year-old also had words of praise for Formula E as a category following his first visit to a race, with Jerome d’Ambrosio taking victory after BMW i Andretti Motorsport pair Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims collided while fighting for the lead.
“I’ve of course followed Formula E a bit on TV but I’ve never been in the paddock, and I really enjoyed the day. First of all it was a really exciting race. The championship is clearly growing and there are a lot of manufacturers here, so I think it’s a cool series.”
Verstappen will still need to carry out another day of public service in the next four months to complete his punishment.