“I don’t blame the stewards themselves,” said Verstappen. “I’ve been at the stewards in Marrakech, I’ve been there the whole day. I think they do realise what’s happening but sometimes they can’t give another penalty because it’s written in the rule book exactly like that, that they have to give this penalty. And sometimes they don’t even want to but they have to.”
Verstappen hit out the criticism which the Montreal stewards, including former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro, received after Vettel’s penalty.
“I read a few comments that some stewards got some bad language messages on Twitter and stuff which I think is not fair. At the end of the day they are trying to do their job in the best possible way and it’s not fair to say they did a bad job. But I think it’s good to look at the rule book, what we can change or take out.”
However Verstappen doesn’t agree with Vettel’s penalty, which he said spoiled the race. “I think in general if you are going to award a penalty maybe don’t do it in the race because it destroyed that whole excitement of Lewis catching Seb and then fighting for the win from there onwards,” he said.
“Of course Lewis squeezed in behind Sebastian, he just needed to stay inside those five seconds. Of course when you look back it at the first mistake that happened was that Seb went off the track. But then I think when he rejoined he didn’t do anything. He was not on purpose blocking Lewis.
“So I think why they gave him the penalty was wrong. I think in general if you are going to give penalties like that then why don’t you just put a wall there? Then if you make a mistake he is in the wall then the race is over for him.
“I’m anyway not a big fan of penalties. I’ve had them myself many times. I always try to stay out of the stewards room now, just say hello and that’s it. It’s maybe not good for F1 as well.”
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