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Max Verstappen hit Esteban Ocon intentionally in Abu Dhabi

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It's easy to forget that only a couple of months ago that Max Verstappen was celebrating his 21st birthday given how long he has been around now but there are still plenty of signs from the young Dutchman which suggest he has a lot of growing up to do.

There is no denying that Max is one of the most gifted drivers in Formula One today and has all of the potential to go on to become one of the all-time greats of the sport, but maturity in certain situations still appears to be lacking.

Following his incident in the Brazilian Grand Prix, which saw the young star lose the lead after colliding with Force India's Esteban Ocon, Verstappen shoved his rival in the chest, which led to him receiving two days of public service as a punishment.

So, when the two drivers were close to one another again in Abu Dhabi, it was always going to be interesting to see what would happen, and it was no surprise when there was contact once again/ Luckily this time the consequences were not quite as severe.

Now though, the 21-year-old Dutch star has admitted that he actually made contact with the Frenchman on purpose, in a bid to get his revenge from Brazil. 

Verstappen was talking to Servus TV, when he told them, "I thought to myself ‘If he shuts the door, I’ll push him off the track’," Verstappen told Servus TV, as per Planet F1.

"It may have been revenge for Brazil. I liked it. It felt good."

F1 fans love to see wheel-to-wheel racing but Verstappen always plays a dangerous game in those situations.

Even more so when he freely admits he fully intended to make contact with his rival Ocon.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

There is no doubting Verstappen's talent but at this stage of his career he is arguably letting his emotions get the better of him too frequently.

The Red Bull star can take some relief in knowing Ocon will not be lining up against him next season as he is set to fill the role of reserve driver at Mercedes.

Topics:
Esteban Ocon
Max Verstappen
Force India
Red Bull
Formula 1

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