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Max Verstappen will appear at Formula E race

Johnny R
12 Jan 2019, 12:06 IST

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As a part of the public service for FIA, Max Verstappen will attend this week's Marrakesh E-Prix. This is the outcome of scuffle with Esteban Ocon at Brazil Grand Prix 2018.

Verstappen was punished with two days of public services and FIA decided that one of them is going to be Marrakesh E-Prix attendance. The reason was simple - Dutch driver is going to be unavailable after March (2019 season start), and E-Prix is the first most suitable event since the end of the previous season. Max will serve as an observer - he'll be watching referees and stewards. FIA statement:

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.

According to BBC shortly before FIA announced its statement, Verstappen said that he doesn't want to do anything that would make him "look like an idiot" as he "already was very harshly treated".

Marrakesh E-Prix is the second race of the 2018-2019 season. You can watch all practice sessions, qualifying rounds and the main race on official Formula E's Youtube channel. Current leader of the series is BMW Andretti's Antonio da Costa, who won the first E-Prix in Ad Diriyah back in December.

Marrakesh E-Prix is easily the best choice for FIA to bring in Verstappen even as an observer. He's still a great addition to race weekend and will help promote the event. It's also good for him because honestly, this is the mildest punishment that he could ever imagine.

He'll appear at the race of one of the most dynamic and fan-oriented single-seater series in the world. Let's hope FIA won't come up with anything stupid for the second day of his punishment.

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