Max Verstappen feels that his penalty for gaining an off-track advantage in Jeddah was an unfair decision from the stewards.
During the Sao Paulo GP, Verstappen escaped a penalty for pushing title rival Lewis Hamilton wide in turn 4 and gaining an advantage. However, he was not so lucky after an incident at the Saudi Arabian GP.
Verstappen and Hamilton were locked in a battle throughout last Sunday’s race. On lap 37, Verstappen ran Hamilton and himself off the track while defending at turn 1. Verstappen fully cut across the run-off area, gaining time on the Mercedes. Meanwhile, Hamilton also went off the circuit but rejoined earlier in the corner than the Red Bull. He was awarded a 5-second penalty for gaining a lasting advantage on his rival.
Following the race, Verstappen expressed confusion over the decision to penalize him on this occasion whereas he avoided punishment for the incident during the Sao Paulo GP.
“Of course, he had the run, a bit like Brazil, and of course I braked late, and I think I got a little bit offline at one point,” Verstappen explained.
“I had a moment, so I went wide, but he also didn’t make the corner so we both basically missed the corner, and I don’t think it’s fair to then just say that I get a penalty but, yeah, it is what it is.”
“I find it interesting that I am the one who gets the penalty when both of us ran outside of the white lines. In Brazil it was fine and now suddenly I get a penalty for it.”