Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday and Mercedes were crowned Constructors’ champions for the fifth consecutive season, but the focus in the immediate aftermath of the race was not on the champions but on Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.

The Dutchman put in one of his hallmark drives to make his way from fifth on the grid and into the lead before he was shunted out of the lead by Esteban Ocon, who was already a lap down on the leaders. This gifted Hamilton the win, as up until that point, Verstappen looked comfortable to take his third win of the season.

The Red Bull driver was not a happy man and launched an expletive-laden rant at the Force India driver after the bizarre incident that is very rarely seen in Formula 1. Ocon, who was two laps down, had just come out on a fresh set of super-soft tires was faster than Verstappen ahead of him and the Frenchman decided to unlap himself.

Ocon decided to make the pass on Turn 1 and Verstappen, who was concentrating on his race took the inside line, but the Force India driver refused to give in and continued on the outside going into the Senna Esses, which is when they made contact resulting in the Red Bull driver spinning.

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Max Verstappen (R) #33 collides with Esteban Ocon (L) #31 at the Brazilian GP on Sunday. In this picture, Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer is crashed into by Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM11 Mercedes on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on Nov. 11, 2018, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lars Baron/Getty Images

Hamilton, who was second at the time, took over at the front and despite a late charge by Verstappen — who was lucky to lose just one place — managed to win the race and hand Mercedes the Constructors’ crown.

Verstappen was incensed and was still seeing red when he encountered Ocon at the weighing scales in Parc ferme. The Dutch racer immediately confronted his French counterpart and the incident became physical as Verstappen was seen pushing Ocon on three separate occasions.

The Red Bull driver made it clear he had no regrets after the incident and believes he was right to show his emotions in the way he did. Ocon similarly felt he was not in the wrong as he had every right to unlap himself.

Both the drivers were called into the race stewards room after the race and Verstappen was accused of making deliberate physical contact with another driver which is in breach of 12.1.1 c) of the FIA International Sporting Code. The Dutchman will now have to serve two days of public service as directed by the FIA and it has to be fulfilled within six months of the incident occurring.

Hamilton, who was the beneficiary of the incident, was not too sympathetic toward Verstappen in pre-podium room and told him he has to be more cautious as the Force India driver had nothing to lose at that point.

Immediately after the incident, former F1 drivers and experts reacted with many sharing Verstappen's view that Ocon was in the wrong. While there were plenty of fans on various social media platforms accusing the young driver of crossing the line. Mark Webber was one of them that agreed with Verstappen and also poked fun at the FIA for the two day community service punishment for the Dutchman.

It is not the first time two drivers have confronted each other and it certainly will not be the last time and F1 presenter Jake Humphries referenced Michael Schumacher, who has confronted drivers in the past, while an incident involving Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar at the German Grand Prix in 1982 immediately comes to mind.