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Max Verstappen completes Brazilian GP public service penalty

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Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen completed his Brazilian Grand Prix penalty by attending the FIA International Stewards Programme in Geneva on Saturday.

The programme has been running annually since 2017 and enables stewards from across various motorsport disciplines to gather and share their experiences.

Verstappen was handed a two-day ‘public service’ penalty by the FIA after shoving Esteban Ocon in parc ferme at Interlagos last year.

The altercation came in the wake of Verstappen being punted out of the lead by the lapped Ocon.

Verstappen carried out the first day of his sanction at last month’s Marrakesh E-Prix in January, observing the panel of stewards, which included ex-F1 racer Vitantonio Liuzzi.

The second part of Verstappen’s penalty was served in Geneva on Saturday.

He participated in a number of interactive case study sessions, joining the competitors’ panel discussion alongside three-time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx, M-Sport boss Richard Millener and BMW chief Jens Marquardt.

The case studies involved considering an incident, deliberating with stewards, and deciding an appropriate course of action.

“We are doing our job on the track, trying to get the best out of the race, and it’s clear that the stewards are doing their job to find the best way to reach a fair decision,” Verstappen said.

“It’s been a good lesson for me and I’ve learned a lot, both in my day in Marrakesh, which I really enjoyed and which gave me a good understanding of the stewards, and now here – I think it’s also good to be a part of this event.”

Over 200 representatives participated in seminars throughout the course of the three-day event.

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