Liuzzi applauds Max’s focus during ‘punishment’

Date published: January 21 2019

Liuzzi impressed by Verstappen's focus during 'punishment'

Max Verstappen took his FIA punishment seriously with Formula E steward Vitantonio Liuzzi impressed with his maturity.

Verstappen was ordered by the FIA to join the stewards at the recent Marrakesh E-Prix.

The day’s outing was part of the Red Bull driver’s public service, which he was handed after physically shoving Esteban Ocon in the aftermath of their Brazilian Grand Prix crash.

The intention of the punishment was for Verstappen to see things from a different angle.

“Verstappen will spend the day as an observer to the stewards, closely following their work at a top-level international motor sport event as part of the educational and informative approach taken by the FIA in this matter,” read the FIA announcement.

Luizzi, himself a former member of the Red Bull family, believes Verstappen embraced the moment.

“Verstappen definitely has to be applauded, his approach was very well balanced,” he said in an interview with Italy’s Autosprint.

“He immediately showed a lot of interest in the work of the stewards.

“We involved him, asking him from time to time to consider incidents during the race.

“On this he was very mature.”

The Italian added: “We talked about him and his Formula 1 season and he did not insist on asserting his reasons on certain topics.

“He was with the stewards from seven in the morning until the end of the race, never taking a break, and sometimes you spend several hours without having anything to but he was good: never distracted, always focused.”

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