Max Verstappen believes that penalties were "all over the place" throughout the 2018 season. The Dutchman had a number of altercations with the stewards throughout the year, after collisions with other drivers in China, Azerbaijan and Japan.
Verstappen's strongest criticism of the stewards came perhaps came in Italy after he made contact with Valtteri Bottas. As the Finn attempted to overtake heading into Turn 1, the two made wheel to wheel contact, causing Bottas to miss the first chicane.
Verstappen was deemed guilty of causing a collision and received a five-second time penalty along with two penalty points. He claimed that the stewards "ruined racing", and still believes that the contact was unworthy of a penalty.
"For me, to be honest, I think it was still unfair because I did leave him a car’s width,” Verstappen told RaceFans. “I think it happened the year before as well with Felipe [Massa] and his teammate at the time. I think penalties in general the whole season have been a bit all over the place.
“Sometimes yes, sometimes not. Of course, looking back at it I could have braked a bit straighter instead of going to the left, but when you’re in the car it’s really difficult to judge that when you arrive at 300 (kph).”
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