Finally month’s Brazilian GP Verstappen ran Hamilton huge in Flip 4 because the British driver tried to overhaul across the exterior, however the incident wasn’t investigated as FIA race director Michael Masi determined to not refer the matter to the stewards.
The non-call precedent precipitated quite a lot of angst within the paddock, each inside and outdoors the Mercedes crew, as a result of drivers had been left confused about what the rules about forcing one another off actually meant, and the way they might be policed going ahead.
A driver assembly earlier than the following Qatar GP failed to provide a conclusive reply.
Sunday’s Saudi Arabian GP was the subsequent event Verstappen and Hamilton crossed paths, and Verstappen once more ran his title rival huge on two events.
The primary time the problem was settled with Masi with out getting the stewards concerned, Purple Bull agreeing to drop Verstappen to 3rd behind Hamilton for the restart after a purple flag.
On the second event the Dutchman was handed a five-second penalty for gaining a bonus exterior the monitor, after his first try and let Hamilton by led to a collision, and he then instantly repassed Hamilton on the second try which additionally did not fulfill the stewards.
Verstappen likened the Jeddah incident to his unpunished transfer in Brazil as a result of each drivers left the monitor, and thought it was odd that “in Brazil it was wonderful and now immediately I get a penalty for it.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16B, and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, make contact as they battle for the lead
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“In fact, he had the run, a bit like Brazil, and naturally I braked late, and I believe I bought a bit bit offline at one level,” Verstappen mentioned.
“I had a second, so I went huge, however he additionally didn’t make the nook so we each principally missed the nook, and I don’t suppose it’s truthful to then simply say that I get a penalty however, yeah, it’s what it’s.
“I discover it attention-grabbing that I’m the one who will get the penalty when each of us ran exterior of the white strains. In Brazil it was wonderful and now immediately I get a penalty for it.”
Verstappen, who acquired a further 10-second penalty for his function within the Flip 27 collision with Hamilton, mentioned he did not wish to dwell an excessive amount of in regards to the occasions in Saudi Arabia, however reiterated that it was “a disgrace” that discuss penalties overshadowed the race as soon as once more, simply as the 2 title protagonists are heading to the Abu Dhabi season finale on equal factors.
“You would clearly see each didn’t make the nook, nevertheless it’s wonderful. I additionally don’t actually spend an excessive amount of time on it. We have now to maneuver ahead,” he added.
“We’re equal on factors now and I believe that’s actually thrilling, after all, for the entire championship and System 1 normally.
“However I mentioned it earlier on my in-lap, I believe these days we’re speaking extra about white strains and penalties than truly correct System 1 racing and that’s, I believe, a bit little bit of a disgrace.”