Max Verstappen could work closely with stewards from another motorsport category as part of his Formula One ‘public service’ punishment.
The Red Bull driver was handed two days of ‘public service’ after repeatedly shoving former Force India driver Esteban Ocon after the two clashed at the Brazilian Grand Prix last month.
Verstappen, the race leader, tried to pass Ocon, the backmarker, but the two colliding and span off the track, allowing Lewis Hamilton to win and the fuming Dutchman to get home in second.
He then confronted his long-time rival in the paddock afterwards and was caught shoving him before being summoned to the stewards and handed his punishment.
Verstappen has said he will not be made “to look like an idiot” but FIA president Jean Todt insisted “it has to be something that will be supportive to the Formula One world”.
“It’s raw emotion but when you have these kinds of exposures, this kind of fame, it gives you also responsibilities,” Todt told Sky Sports 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 will 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 programmes.”