Connect with us

2019 F1

Long wait for victory decision stressful



Red Bull and Max Verstappen had a long wait to discover if their highly popular victory in the exciting Austrian GP would stand.

Stewards deliberated for almost four hours before confirming that the Dutchman would not be penalised for his overtaking move on Charles Leclerc.

“It was very stressful,” Max’s father Jos Verstappen said. “Then there was the fake news (about a penalty for Verstappen).

“It took, what — three and a half hours?” the former F1 driver added.

One conclusion was that the stewards took so long to make their decision because of the ruckus caused recently following the highly unpopular time penalty in Canada that cost Sebastian Vettel victory.

“The problem is that if you punish someone, you must be consistent in your decisions,” Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur told Canal Plus.

The Verstappen and Red Bull camp said it could hardly believe that the victory on Sunday was ever in doubt.

“Isn’t this what people want to see?” Jos Verstappen is quoted by the Dutch publication Formule 1.

“If they take it away, maybe we should go to Indycar next year,” he joked.

Dr Helmut Marko agrees: “It wasn’t an incident, it was racing.

“If they want to talk about it, they can go to a traffic safety meeting. I don’t want to talk about it at all.”

FIA race director Michael Masi explained to Auto Motor und Sport that the decision took so long because they waited for Verstappen and Leclerc to complete their media duties before an hour-long hearing with the drivers.

“We think the verdict is wrong,” Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto said afterwards. “But in the interest of the sport, this time we are not going to protest.”



Latest F1 News

Latest F1 News

2019 F12 weeks ago

Vettel ‘has no future at Ferrari anymore’ – Red Bull boss

Sebastian Vettel has “no future at Ferrari”, according to his former boss Dr Helmut Marko. Despite having arguably the fastest...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Leclerc girlfriend reveals Ferrari’s F1 star ended relationship with her

Charles Leclerc’s former girlfriend has revealed that the Ferrari driver “left me” in order to focus on his Formula 1...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Hamilton seizing advantage of Vettel DNF to seal Russian GP

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton took the advantages with the Russian Grand Prix victory after race leader Sebastian Vettel’s retirement. During...

2019 F12 weeks ago

McLaren split with Renault for Mercedes in 2021 F1

McLaren split with engine supplier Renault over a disagreement about Formula 1 strategy, according to Cyril Abiteboul. “It was apparent...

2019 F12 weeks ago

The manager says secrecy around Schumacher’s health is “difficult” to understand

News of the Seven time F1 world champion, Michael Schumacher being “out of a coma” went viral on June 2014,...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Mercedes no favourite at remaining races in 2019 – Hamilton

Mercedes will no longer be the favourite at any of the remaining races in 2019, according to Lewis Hamilton. Despite...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Renault F1 criticises FIA over penalty

Cyril Abiteboul has accused the FIA of being inconsistent about how it hands out penalties for sporting and technical infractions....

2019 F12 weeks ago

Ferrari ‘hungrier than Mercedes’ – Hamilton

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton criticised Mercedes after the Singapore GP. The Briton was not even on the podium on Sunday,...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Hamilton warns he could lose 2019 F1 title

Lewis Hamilton has warned Mercedes that he risks not winning the 2019 world championship. The Briton’s championship lead is actually...

2019 F11 month ago

Charles Leclerc is Ferrari’s “No: 1 driver” – JJ Lehto

Charles Leclerc is now Ferrari’s “number 1 driver”. That is the view of JJ Lehto, who was once the supporting...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media