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Verstappen still doesn't agree with Monza penalty

  • Published on 04 Sep 2018 10:29
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen says still doesn't agree with his 5-second time penalty after reviewing the footage from the Italian Grand Prix. The Dutchman made contact with Valtteri Bottas as they battled for position heading into Turn 1 late on in the race.

Verstappen moved under braking and made wheel-to-wheel contact with Bottas. Both drivers escaped damage, but Verstappen was hit with a 5-second penalty. The 20-year-old protested the punishment after the race, which dropped him from third to fifth.

“I still don’t agree with the decision,” he said. “Obviously I’ve seen the footage. I just defended. Of course, you try to make the space as small as possible so your turn-in to the corner is not compromised. We hit each other and maybe I could’ve given him a few millimetres more space, but he was on the white line.

“In hindsight it’s easy to say ‘I should’ve done this or that’, but when you arrive at a corner doing 340kp/h, it makes for a whole different decision making situation than when reviewing it on the video footage.”

Verstappen was also handed two penalty points on his super license for causing the collision. He questioned the consistency of the stewards, stating that different stewards would have taken a different view of the incident.

“It depends on the steward,” he said. “Some will give a penalty, others won’t. I don’t think it has anything to do with the rules. We can talk about the incident for ages, but the decision has been made and I won’t lose any sleep over it. I’ve only got five [penalty points] so far, so I can add another seven. The penalty point system is a bid odd, but it is what it is.”

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  • HEINZ

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    "I’ve only got five [penalty points] so far, so I can add another seven" -> True champion right here xD (Maldonado style)

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    • Sep 4 2018 - 11:26
    • neeuuh

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      he said this when he was clearly joking, but as usual this has been taken way out of it’s context

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      • Sep 4 2018 - 14:46
    • The article is fully out of context, especcially about his license points remarks.
      Very populair to call it Maldonado style. You surely have insight knowledge if you compare Maldonado with Verstappen!

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      • Sep 4 2018 - 15:08
  • Verstappen moved under breaking isn't the issue here. The fact that he did not leave enough room for Bottas was why he was penalised. On the picture above, after they touched, Bottas is still on the track (the green part is seen as track) so he did leave enough room. Valterri just doubts to much by trying to pass, and that also caused the problem, he came far to late.

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    • Sep 4 2018 - 15:06
  • To everyone's surprise, Im sure...

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    • Sep 4 2018 - 15:22
  • Smh... Kid is refuses to learn. That's why he keeps making the same wrong calls and getting mad when he gets penalized.

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    • Sep 4 2018 - 15:57
  • The kid doesn't learn and can't win by racing fair so he has to try some dirty moves. New day, same old story with this kid. What's worse is that on top of his lackluster racecraft he just doesn't seem to get what the adults are talking about. He doesn't learn because he thinks he is always right. But that's on the parents, he doesn't know any better. It will be nice to see him race when he matures if he makes it that long in F1.

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    • Sep 8 2018 - 21:48

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