Max Verstappen defended his driving after Formula One stewards discovered him predominantly answerable for a collision with title rival Lewis Hamilton within the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Red Bull driver was handed two time penalties totalling 15 seconds – a five-second sanction awarded through the race for working off the monitor and maintaining the lead whereas defending in opposition to Hamilton and a 10-second penalty after the race for a collision as he tried at hand the place again.
“I went to drive to the right side and I slowed down and I was braking, downshifting and he just stayed super close behind me,” Verstappen stated, including he was simply making an attempt to let Hamilton move.
Hamilton, who bumped into the again of the Red Bull automotive, later accused his rival of “brake-testing”.
“I’m just going slower and slower, pulling the downshift and then we had a miscommunication or whatever and he ran into the back of me and yeah that was it,” Verstappen stated.
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In their verdict, the stewards acknowledged that Hamilton may have pushed previous when he noticed Verstappen slowing.
But they understood why neither he nor Verstappen wished to be in entrance heading into the DRS zone, which might have made whoever was in entrance weak to impression from behind.
They discovered Verstappen braked immediately and erratically and decided he had been predominantly at fault.
Speaking about his lap 37 defensive transfer, Verstappen stated he didn’t perceive why he had been singled out for the five-second penalty.
“I find it interesting that I am the one that gets the penalty when both of us run outside of the white lines,” he stated.
“You may clearly see each didn’t make the nook.
“I feel recently we’re speaking extra about white traces and penalties than really correct Formula One racing.”
Verstappen retains his second place behind winner Hamilton regardless of the stewards’ sanctions.
The 36-year-old Briton’s win, together with the additional level he scored for quickest lap, sees him draw stage on factors together with his 24-year-old rival with solely subsequent week’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to go.
The Dutchman is within the total lead, nonetheless, on account of getting gained extra races, establishing an attractive winner-takes-all finale.
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