Sebastian Vettel apologised to Charlie Whiting after twice telling the high-ranking F1 official to "fuck off" during Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix.
It has led to speculation that Vettel could sit out Brazil next weekend for bringing the sport into disrepute, as it emerges the FIA is in fact looking into the matter.
Straight after the race, the German driver remained bullish.
"I do not understand why you try to push me into a corner by asking this question," he was quoted as saying when asked if he has brought the sport into disrepute.
Told that his behaviour was a bad example for children, Vettel insisted: "Do you think I think about kids when I race? No, I drive my race.
"Do you think the kids are thinking about me when they drive their races? No, they drive their races."
When asked what he said to Whiting when he met with the British official in Mexico, Vettel told the reporter: "This does not concern you."
"We talked together, me and Sebastian, and that's it," said the Italian. "I don't have to tell in public what I am doing with the drivers.
"He excused himself [to Whiting] and I'm sure it is not going to happen again."
Even F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone backed Vettel, declaring: "He's got an option, which is good. And they're racing, which is good."
Vettel sits fourth in the driver rankings heading into the final two races of 2016.