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Stewards doing a great job at killing racing – Verstappen

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Red Bull speedy Max Verstappen has answered angrily to the five-second penalty he handed for a collision with Valtteri Bottas during the final stage of Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The duo made contact at Turn 1, when the pair were battling for third, Verstappen squeezed the inside line to defend from Bottas, but then closed the line under braking, contacting the Finn. Its resulted Bottas to miss the chicane and lose couple of seconds time.

The Red Bull driver was awarded a five-second time penalty from the FIA. When informed of this he took to the team radio to complain.

“For what?” he said. “Don’t worry about it, get your head down,” his team responded.

“No. Don’t worry about it. It’s —–. I gave him space. They’re doing a great job at killing racing, honestly,” was his cutting response.

After the race, Max added: “We were in a position we didn’t expect to be, and I think I gave him a car’s width of space on the left of me. Then he basically clipped my wheel and had to go straight.

“So I don’t agree, but maybe they took the penalty because in the middle of the race when he first tried to take me, I went a bit wide, maybe that’s why they gave it to me. But even then, I think it’s not fair, because they gave it straight away. It’s a shame, but looking at the positives, the car was working really well.”

On the decision, the FIA said: “The Stewards reviewed video evidence and determined that Car 33 moved over into Car 77 at the entry to Turn 1 and caused a collision.”

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