Max Verstappen has revealed that he has moved on from his post-race penalty at the US Grand Prix earlier this year. The Dutchman overtook Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap for third place, but was deemed to have done it by putting all four wheels over the white lines.
Verstappen was handed a 5-second time penalty and was booted from the podium room after the chequered flag had fallen. Verstappen vented his frustration at the time, but now admits that he has moved on from the decision.
"Of course, at first your initial reaction is something like: 'Why? It was a great move!'" Verstappen told his official website. "But when you look at the rules, it was not correct. Nothing was by the book that whole weekend. Drivers were getting off track without being penalised for it
"You always need to focus on the positives," he added. "It’s always nice to be on the podium. But to finish fourth after having started sixteenth is still a great result. [The penalty] wasn’t as painful as most people thought it was. In the end I made my peace with it," he added. "It was still a nice race and everyone enjoyed the excitement all the way down to the final lap."
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