London - Red Bull Formula One driver Max Verstappen has jokingly suggested he could serve part of a community service punishment by attending the governing FIA's prizegiving gala in Russia next month.
The 21-year-old Dutch driver, who was punished by the FIA for an angry post-race altercation with Frenchman Esteban Ocon in Brazil, finished fourth in the championship that ended in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The top three drivers must attend the annual awards ceremony, held this year in St. Petersburg on December 7, even if those without trophies to collect would rather be somewhere else.
Verstappen would have beaten Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to third overall had he finished second in Sunday's race rather than third and he joked afterwards that it had all been deliberately planned.
Asked by Mercedes' five times world champion and race winner Lewis Hamilton whether he had secured third place, Verstappen grinned.