McLaren-Honda F1 ace Fernando Alonso says that, the young sensation Max Verstappen’s driving against Kimi Raikkonen in Hungary was “illegal”, while his team-mate Jenson Button labelled Max was “dangerous” as he was moving around in the braking zone.
Max and Kimi were involved in aggressive intense fight in the final stint of the Hungarian GP race and at one point they made slight contact on the run to Turn 2.
The contact resulted a front-wing damage for Raikkonen and the Finnish driver branded Verstappen’s defensive driving as “questionable”, adding he had seen people penalised for much less. Verstappen said he felt the battles were fair.
The Spaniard, who forms the most experienced driver line-up with Button, sides with his former Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen as well.
“I think it was illegal,” the double world champion said of Verstappen’s defending. “You are allowed to move once and commit to whatever you need to do. You can choose to brake on the clean side, the dirty side, on the inside, on the outside, you are allowed to do whatever you think is best to defend your position.
“But you are allowed to move once and not two or three times. That’s enough. That is not an opinion, it’s just the rule. If you take the ball with the hands outside the area it is a penalty and a red card, it’s nothing more.”
A chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association [GPDA], Button also thinks Verstappen stepped over the line.
“As drivers, we all know that moving in the braking zone is the most dangerous thing you can do – because the guy [behind] is going at 300km/h and he probably hasn’t hit the brakes yet,” Button said.
“So, yeah, moving is a no-no and he [Verstappen] obviously did move in the braking zone. I can understand Kimi’s frustration.”
He added: “Moving in the braking zone is not racing, it’s dangerous.”
And the McLaren duo was not the only one who feels that way.
Sergio Perez told reports in Hockenheim: “I think that was too much, too much moving under braking and it’s something that we need to clarify.
“We sometimes see drivers over-defending position and it can be quite dangerous if you are moving under braking, just in the last moment.”