Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in the Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen lost the lead in a collision with backmarker Esteban Ocon.
Verstappen was on course for a superb win when Force India’s Ocon left his car on the inside of the Red Bull at the Senna S and pitched it into a spin.
The incident dropped the Dutchman back to second place and although he came back at Hamilton, he could not quite catch him.
Verstappen remonstrated with Ocon in the driver weighing area afterwards and pushed the Frenchman three times as he expressed his anger at the move that derailed his race.
Both drivers were called to see the race stewards to explain the incident, with Verstappen ordered to carry out “two days of public service” to atone for “making deliberate physical contact with” Ocon.
The punishment has echoes of that served by Sebastian Vettel after his collision with Hamilton at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix that’s aw the German take part in educational activities organised by the FIA, Formula 1’s governing body.
Hamilton’s win helped Mercedes secure the constructors’ championship – their fifth in a row to equal Ferrari’s feat powered by Michael Schumacher from 2000 to 2004.