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Jos Verstappen defends son Max's behaviour after Brazil GP

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Jos Verstappen, father of Max, has defended his son's behaviour in the aftermath of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver faced criticism for the way he angrily confronted Esteban Ocon following the race after the French driver took Verstappen out of the lead.

What was followed saw the pair clash following the race, which provoked the red mist to descend for Verstappen Jr, when he pushed the Force India.

The actions from the young Verstappen have been highly condemned throughout the racing world, with Verstappen eventually crossing the line in second behind newly crowned champion Lewis Hamilton.

The frustration of finishing runner-up to the Brit clearly got to Verstappen, which caused the confrontation. 

However, the Dutchman, who has been slammed for his actions, still has his father fighting his corner, that person being his father Jos.

Maybe what Max did was not good," Jos, who himself snatched Juan Pablo Montoya from the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix back in 2001, told Dutch publication De Telegraaf newspaper, as per Wheels 24.

"But I fully understand what he did. He was robbed of victory and then Ocon so stupidly stood there and grinned.

"We should not make it bigger than it is. Football players do that to each other every weekend and Max is professional enough not to beat up anyone," he continued.

"I think he was really holding back but it was good that people were standing around him," Verstappen snr added.

Meanwhile, BBC pundit Jolyon Palmer had his say on the incident. 

He said: "The Dutchman has always been quick, but now he is cutting out his mistakes and racing with much better judgement than earlier in the year.

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"He would have had two wins on the bounce had it not been for one of the most brainless acts of driving I've seen in a long time in Formula 1, from Force India's Esteban Ocon.

"Ocon is super-talented, and it's a real shame he's not going to be on the grid in 2019, but his collision with Verstappen put a real taint on his driving skill.

"He's had his fair share of incidents, mainly with his team-mate, and that's been a focal point of his career - and one of the reported reasons Mercedes were reluctant to promote him to their team for next year was because they were worried about team harmony."

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Esteban Ocon
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
Formula 1

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