2017 F1

FIA take ‘no further action’ against Verstappen

Mexican Grand Prix stewards confirms that – No further action taken against Max Verstappen for allegedly impeding Valtteri Bottas during qualifying Q3 for the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Dutch man retains his second place and will line up alongside Sebastian Vettel on the front row and ahead of Lewis Hamilton in third.

The full verdict from the Mexican GP stewards

“The Stewards examined multiple angles of video evidence and radio calls to car 33, and heard from Max Verstappen, the driver of car 33, Valtteri Bottas, the driver of car 77 and the team representatives.

“The driver of car 33 was clearly aware from the team radio and using his mirrors that car 77 was approaching on a hot lap.

“He moved from the racing line on the exit of turn 12 to avoid impeding car 77.

“The driver of car 33 did move slowly from the racing line which could have affected car 77, but the Stewards do not consider this as impeding.”

Before the steward visit, Verstappen feels it would be “really stupid” if the stewards opted to give him a penalty for impeding Bottas during qualifying, confident he did nothing wrong, telling reporters: “For me, there is no incident.”.

“I was on the left. I don’t think I was in the way,” Verstappen told NBCSN after qualifying second.

“He locks up the next corner doing his normal line. That’s not my problem. I’m not in the way there.

“That would be really stupid [if a penalty was given]. You know my comment already.”

The Finn made no secret of his frustration when talking to NBCSN after the session, having qualified fourth with just a single flying lap at the end of Q3.

“For me, it definitely ruined my lap in the end. I was coming out of Turn 12, definitely in the turbulent air, and it compromised my line for 13,” Bottas said.

“That’s why I locked my brakes for 13. So I only had one shot in Q3.”

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