2017 F1

Stupid decisions killing the Formula 1 – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has hit out at “Stewards stupid decisions “, believing they are “killing Sport”, following his post-race penalty at US Grand Prix, and urged fans not to attend next year’s event.

The Dutch man started from 16th position following an engine penalty, Red Bull cleverly made a two-stop strategy, and jumped into fight for the podium, overtook Kimi Raikkonen during the closing stages.

The Red Bull speedy seized the inside line into Turn 17 on the final lap and secured the final place of the position, but was handed with a five-second time penalty, drop him back to fourth, after it was deemed that he cut the track and gain advantage.

“We had a great race but with these stupid decisions you really kill the sport. I really hope the fans didn’t like this decision and hopefully next year they won’t come,” he told Sky Sports.

“Everybody is running wide, including myself, everywhere. At Turn Nine and 19 you can go wide an nobody will say anything. It was the same with Bottas, I went for a move and he continued outside the track and came back so I really had to pass him and nothing has been done against that when he has gained an advantage.

“It’s not good for the sport and they have to be really clear on the rules that it’s not allowed anywhere.”

“[He was] also in Mexico [in 2016, when Verstappen was penalised]. Now I get a five-second penalty and a penalty point, for what?

Verstappen went on to comment: “You can’t protest, it’s in the rules. They know how to make the rules. At the moment it’s in their favour.

“They decide, and you can’t do anything against them which is of course really weird. But what can you do?

“It’s not good for the crowd. I really hope next year nobody is coming, because like this, the sport doesn’t make sense. Everyone is loving it, great action.

“You go five or 10 centimetres in the inside of the kerb, everyone is running wide everywhere, nobody’s saying anything, like in qualifying at Turn 19 you could just run wide wherever you liked. And they killed the race basically like that.”



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