Two F1 drivers came to blows in Brazilian Grand Prix bust-up

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Furious Max Verstappen came to blows with Esteban Ocon in a sensational bust-up at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Red Bull driver Verstappen was caught on camera shoving Force India rival Ocon after his hopes of winning the race were spectacularly dashed.

Verstappen was on course for a dominant victory before Frenchman Ocon attempted to unlap himself, wiping out Verstappen in the process.

Angry Verstappen branded Ocon a “f****** idiot’ in a furious X-rated radio rant.

Ocon, running way down the order, bizarrely raced wheel-to-wheel at 200mph with the leader before banging into the right-rear of Verstappen’s car through the Senna Esses.



Max Verstappen squares up to Esteban Ocon

The force of the hefty impact on lap 43 sent Verstappen into a spin, and with the Dutchman facing the wrong way, Hamilton sailed by to resume the lead.

Verstappen was left five seconds down on Hamilton, and – with a wounded car – he was unable to claw the Mercedes back in before he finished in second.

Verstappen was furious and he yelled over the radio: “What a f****** idiot.”

“I don’t know what to say,” the Red Bull driver said after the chequered flag.

“I hope I can’t find him now in the paddock,” he added, followed by a series of bleeped-out expletives.



Verstappen immediately confronted Ocon after the race

Ocon was hit with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty, the most severe punishment available to the stewards.

But it came as little consolation to Verstappen who immediately confronted him in the paddock after the race.

Squaring up to Ocon, Verstappen was seen pushing the rival driver.

Ocon looked absolutely stunned and tries to walk away but angry Verstappen continues to shove him.

Ocon attempted to remonstrate with the Dutchman, appearing to protest his innocence over the incident.

But it took pit crew members to step in to separate the pair, before Verstappen stormed off.



Verstappen shoved Ocon in a rage over a collision that the Frenchman caused



Vestappen storms off as Ocon appears to plead his case

Verstappen did manage to get on the podium, however, as he finished second behind eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes world champion capitalised on Ocon, who eventually finished in 15th, clipping Verstappen to win the race by a cool nine seconds.

Kimi Raikkonen finished third for Ferrari, but it was not enough to stop Hamilton’s Mercedes team from winning their fifth consecutive constructors’ championship.



Ocon cost Verstappen from winning the Brazilian Grand Prix



Lewis Hamilton won the race as Red Bull driver Verstappen had to settle for second place on the podium

Brazilian Grand Prix 2018 result

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1hr 27mins 09.066secs,
2 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:27:10.535
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:27:13.830
4 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:27:14.259
5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:27:32.009
6 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:27:36.063
7 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber-Ferrari 1:27:53.265,
8 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:28:00.296
9 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:28:01.923
10 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India at 1 Lap,
11 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 Lap,
12 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault at 1 Lap,
13 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 Lap
14 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren at 1 Lap
15 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India at 1 Lap
16 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams at 2 Laps,
17 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren at 2 Laps,
18 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams at 2 Laps

Not Classified: 19 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 32 Laps completed, 20 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 20 Laps completed

Fastest Lap: Valtteri Bottas 1min 10.540secs on Lap 65

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