Max Verstappen says he still doesn’t agree with his five-second penalty for colliding with Valtteri Bottas during the Italian Grand Prix after watching video of the clash.
The Red Bull driver had five seconds added to his race time after he tangled with Bottas on the approach to the Rettifilio chicane. He accused the stewards of “killing racing” after being told of the decision, which dropped him from third place to fifth.told his official media partner ZiggoSport he hasn’t changed his mind since the race. “I still don’t agree with the decision,” he said.
“Obviously I’ve seen the footage. I just defended. Of course, you try to make the space as small as possible so your turn-in to the corner is not compromised.
“We hit each other and maybe I could’ve given him a few millimetres more space, but he was on the white line. In hindsight it’s easy to say ‘I should’ve done this or that’, but when you arrive at a corner doing 340kph, it makes for a whole different decision making situation than when reviewing it on the video footage.”
The stewards ruled Verstappen was in violation of the International Sporting Code. Although the specific rule he broke was not cited, appendix L, Chapter IV article 2 b) states: “Any driver moving back towards the racing line, having earlier defended his position off-line, should leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner.”
Verstappen believes the rules are applied differently depending on which stewards are present at each race.
“It depends on the steward,” he said. “Some will give a penalty, others won’t. I don’t think it has anything to do with the rules. We can talk about the incident for ages, but the decision has been made and I won’t lose any sleep over it.”
“I was pretty angry during the race, so no way he was going to get [past] me,” he added. “At least he knows how the rear of my car looks.”
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