Max Verstappen has been given two penalty points on his superlicence after making contact with Valtteri Bottas in the Italian Grand Prix.
Verstappen was under pressure from the Mercedes for third place in the closing stages of the race when Bottas tried to pass the Red Bull around the outside of the first chicane. Verstappen appeared to move into the Mercedes under braking and the two collided, forcing Bottas to take to the escape road.
The stewards investigated and awarded Verstappen a five second time penalty to be added onto his finishing time, which ultimately saw the Red Bull driver drop from third on the road to fifth in final classification. He was also handed two penalty points on his superlicence for causing the collision.
Verstappen was not happy at the decision, telling his team over the radio during the race that the stewards were “killing racing”.
Verstappen’s team radio after being awarded five second time penalty
|To Verstappen||Okay Max, we’ve been given a five second time penalty. So we’ll need to push on now. Push on.|
|To Verstappen||Don’t worry about it, get your head down.|
|Verstappen||No, ‘don’t worry about it’. It’s [censored by FOM]. I gave him space. They’re doing a great job of killing racing, honestly. [Censored by FOM].|
Verstappen now has a total of five penalty points over a 12 month period on his superlicence. Any driver who recieves 12 or more points in a single 12 month period will be banned for one grand prix.
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