Verstappen thinks F1 rules are “a bit tricky” in terms of penalties

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 04: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda past a grandstand full of his fans celebrating during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen also had his say on the controversial decisions made by the FIA this weekend. He believes that the race stewards do not yet know exactly what to do about the wheel-to-wheel maneuvers.

These statements are based on the three penalties handed out to Sergio Perez and Lando Norris. The two forced out their opponents during defensive maneuvers, leaving them in front. The world championship leader Verstappen now says that F1 has written the rulebook, which is too complicated.

Both drivers received a 5-second penalty for each offense. Lando Norris was first as he had blocked Sergio Perez, who was trying to pass on the outside at turn 4. Verstappen also had an opinion on the matter.

“I’ve been on holiday with the stewards myself and I had to sit there with them. The problem is also sometimes the rule book and the wording.”

“Stewards don’t want to give a penalty but sometimes they have to in a way with whatever happens on track. I don’t want to blame the stewards.”

“Sometimes the rule book is a bit tricky as well in terms of handing out penalties or you need to hand out penalties with something.”

Lando Norris himself said that drivers should have a say in such situations, rather than being punished by the stewards for something they had not done on purpose.

“I don’t think everything they [the stewards] do is wrong. There’s a lot of good rules in place and a lot of things they should keep.”

“But just using some common sense every now and reviewing those incidents from the past. Maybe not giving it us straight away in the race, like at least having a chance to speak to me as a driver or Sergio as a driver.”

“I’m sure Sergio would say I pushed him off but instead of just giving a penalty in a race and then not being able to do anything about it, because I had to serve it within the pit stop and I lost out on second because of that, at least give us a chance to debate it and have our word and argue it and state our point.”

“Then maybe get a penalty but not ruin someone’s race while they’re racing because of something that wasn’t their fault.”

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