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Exclusive: Verstappen to Serve F1 Punishment in Marrakesh

F1 driver Max Verstappen to serve public service penalty at the Marrakesh E-Prix…

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Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen is set to attend tomorrow’s Marrakesh E-Prix to serve a ‘public service’ sanction he received following last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

E-racing365 believes that Verstappen will observe his punishment from the FIA by working with the stewards during round two of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Verstappen, who has five Grand Prix victories to his name, was handed the penalty at Interlagos after a clash with Esteban Ocon, who was attempting to un-lap himself midway through the race.

Verstappen was later filmed pushing and squaring up to Ocon in the FIA weighing area and was given the public service sanction by way of punishment for the indiscretion.

The official FIA bulletin detailing the penalty stated:

“The Stewards understood from Max Verstappen that he was extremely upset by the incident on track during the race and accepted his explanation that it was not his original intent to strike Ocon, but that he was ‘triggered’ and caused him to lose his temper.

“While sympathetic to Verstappen’s passion, the Stewards determined that it is the obligation of sportsmen at this level to act appropriately and as role models to other drivers at all levels and found that Verstappen failed in this respect.”

Verstappen is believed to be arriving in Marrakesh on Friday evening and will report for his public service duty at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan tomorrow morning.

Former F1 racer Vitantonio Liuzzi is the drivers’ steward this weekend and will, along with the other FIA stewards, liaise with Verstappen about his role.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam



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    Roy Ruddy

    January 11, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Wow. that is some punishment how will he ever deal with it.

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    Old Trombone

    January 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I’ve been a teacher for 30 years in schools in Australia, Vietnam, Turkey, Romania, Washington DC and California. I got awards from governments and an MA in International Education from Oxford Brookes University, the one actually in Oxford.

    Teachers-n-students international tests are the PISA, PIRLS, and TIMSS, look ‘em up. America and France aren’t doing that well. To put it mildly. Since the Eisenhower’s “Nation at Risk” report, America has been sliding and these tests show since the 1990’s it hasn’t stopped. In 2015 there wasn’t any good news. Simultaneously in many places across Asia from Istanbul to Tokyo, their kids have been getting smarter and smarter during that period.

    What’s the major difference between to the risers and decliners? Those going up the rankings never treat their bullies to time in the judge’s chair. Nope, in Asia the school bullies get sent home and their parents make life absolute hell for them (without then posting it on FB, of course, because the parents ain’t proud of their parents-ness, instead they’re humiliated by their child’s behavior). The “Principal for a Day” charade most American schools go through is often given to the bully “to show them we love them”. In America, it’s absokutely impossible to expel a child even after they have put other children in hospital. I’ve seen it myself, along with kid’s teeth, hair, property, flying across the room.

    Here’s some references proving the ridiculous danger that normal kids are exposed to when school administrators give bullies high status in American/English schools:

    “Washington Post how-some-school-funding-formulas-hurt-learning-and-make-schools-more-dangerous/“

    Here is proof that Suspension bans directly correlate with lowered education outcomes for whole class – look up “manhattan-institute suspension-bans-hurt-kids”

    Here is a 1st person description of the terror of teaching without the power to expel threatening students and while having administrators blame the teacher for everything:
    jeniferkasten /blog/ i-knew-being-a-public-school-teacher-could-be-hard-but-not-this-hard .

    Proof that “soft discipline” ain’t discipline at all: Michael J Petrilli anti-soft discipline:
    Education next. supposed-discipline-fix-threatens-school-cultures-forum-petrilli/

    Put this into Wiley: “‘Reparation’ from offender to victim may take a variety of forms and can be promoted either as an alternative to or in conjunction with the operation of our criminal courts. Several Home Office sponsored experiments have been run. The authors, who hove been monitoring these and other initiatives, conclude that the scope for making amends ‐ and for viewing criminal justice in reparative terms ‐ is undermined through the current preoccupation with diverting the offender from prosecution, or mitigating the court’s penalty.”

    Banning Progress: Suspension Bans and Schoolwide Academic Growth
    “None of the analyses support the more prominent strand of the literature claiming that sudden reductions in suspensions will cause academic growth. In contrast, all of the analyses provide suggestive evidence in favor of the strand of the literature claiming that sudden reductions in suspensions will reduce academic growth.”

    Please remember, school bully conferencing started in Wagga Wagga, Australia, in the early 1990’s. It should have shown real benefits by 2016, right? “The NSW State Government sets the police a number of targets each financial year. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Juvenile Diversions target rate is 58%. This means that police are instructed to try and divert at least 58% of ATSI juveniles away from the criminal justice system, through cautions, youth conferences; PCYC etc. Wagga Wagga has only been able to achieve this target on four occasions since 2013.”

    The only thing this will do for Max is make him think he can be the “safety-boss” one day. Oh well, worked for Loris Capirossi, who bowled Harada off the track so deliberately even his own team fired him, yet after retirement he was appointed safety boss of MotoGP.

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