Max Verstappen has shared his thoughts about the penalties he was given by the stewards during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Last Sunday’s race in Jeddah saw a heated battle between the championship protagonists Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
The most remarkable episodes happened on lap 37 when Verstappen cut a turn to stay ahead of his opponent. The Dutchman was asked to give the position back, so he slowed down on a straight. However, a miscommunication led to a contact between the drivers. Both incidents were investigated by the stewards and Verstappen was given a 5-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining advantage and a 10-second penalty for causing a collision.
Ahead of the Abu Dhabi GP, Verstappen admitted that he disagreed with the decisions and questioned the attitude of the stewards to him.
“The things that I did in terms of defending, two other guys in terms of racing also did, and they didn’t even get a mention or a penalty,” Verstappen commented.
“So I don’t understand, because I thought I was just racing hard. What happened for me didn’t deserve any penalty, and clearly, the other two people who did it, they didn’t get one, but clearly, it’s only me who gets it.”
“Of course, fighting at the front, people are a bit more critical I guess, but for me, I don’t understand.”
“At the end of the day, criticism, that’s always there. But I think from my side, what is unfair [is] that I am treated differently to other drivers. Clearly, other drivers can get away with it, and I can’t. I think that’s a bit of a problem here.”