This video filmed by a Formula One fan at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez gives the most revealing view yet of how three drivers cut the first corner in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen each cut the corner during the race, prompting claims from their rivals they had gained an advantage by leaving the track.
Hamilton straight-lined the corner after locking up a glazed brake at the start of the race. An unhappy Daniel Ricciardo described Hamilton’s driving as “kindergarten stuff” and Nico Hulkenberg alleged the race winner gained a “massive advantage”.
Meanwhile Rosberg tangled with Verstappen and also went across the grass. Neither Mercedes driver was penalised for their actions.
However Verstappen was given a post-race five-second time penalty for cutting the corner while he was battling Sebastian Vettel later in the race, which can also be seen in the video above.
Verstappen disputed the penalty, pointing out his driving had been little different to Hamilton’s had been at the start of the race.
“When I went off the track towards the end I think it was pretty similar to Lewis on lap one, corner one,” said Verstappen.
“He went off and I felt he gained an advantage, I didn’t even gain an advantage, I was ahead going into braking and when I came back on the track I was the same distance in front so I don’t understand the penalty.”
2016 Mexican Grand Prix
- Horner baffled by Ferrari’s decision to continue Vettel appeal
- FIA rejects Ferrari petition over Vettel penalty
- Make run-off rules simpler, Horner urges
- Ferrari ask for review of Vettel’s Mexican GP penalty
- Verstappen proposes ban on broadcasting team radio