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Verstappen wants talks over “messy” FIA track limits

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 15, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen believes the FIA’s policing of track limits during the Bahrain GP weekend was “messy,” and wants to have talks to ensure rules don’t change mid-race again.

Verstappen had overtaken Lewis Hamilton on the outside of turn 4 with four wheels off the track, later being told to give back the position to the Brit.

“Things can be easily resolved if you just put a wall there or gravel, it would help a lot,” said Verstappen.

“In qualifying, we had to stay on the curb, so that is also what I was doing in the race, to be clean, but then I heard that Lewis was just going wide, so I did it for two laps, but then I was not allowed to do it anymore.

“I don’t think you should be able to change it through the race. Either you can go wide, or not. I can understand of course with my overtake outside of the track limits that that’s not allowed, so that’s fine.

“But if you cannot gain an advantage by going wide overtaking, why are you allowed to do it on your own? This is what I think is not correct.”

Verstappen said he will discuss the matter with the drivers and Michael Masi (FIA Formula 1 Race Director) at Friday’s drivers’ briefing.

“We will talk about that with the drivers and also with Michael about it, and we’ll see what comes out of it,” he said.

“I think it was a little bit messy in the race. I think everything before that was very strict, and I think good, how we handled everything.

“But definitely in the race, I think for 30 laps or something, Lewis was going wide, and you gain time there. I tried it for two laps, and then they told me not to, so it’s a bit odd.

“About my overtake and whatever, I think yeah, that was fully understandable,” he concluded.

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