The stewards ruled neither driver was to blame for the collision. “We believe that Charles [left] entire space, he had no fault,” said Binotto. “A collision has happened and he has been forced off the track.
“So we believe these are clear rules, which we may appreciate or not, and these are exactly the same rules which have been applied in past races.”
Ferrari has been on the wrong side of two stewards’ decisions in the past three races which determined the winner of each. Binotto questioned why Verstappen had been cleared when Sebastian Vettel was penalised and lost a potential victory in Canada for forcing Lewis Hamilton to take evasive action when he rejoined the track in front of the Mercedes driver.
“Certainly we believe that interpretation have been different in these two cases, why I think again we are unhappy with what has been the decision today,” said Binotto.
“I think the rules for us are clear. A collision has been created and he has been pushed off the track.”
However Binotto said the team does not intend to request a review of the decision, as it did following Vettel’s penalty.
“We respect fully the decision of the stewards,” he said. “They are the judge and we need to respect that.
“More than that I think that as a Ferrari fan, and I’m an ultimate Ferrari fan, I think it’s time for F1 to turn a page and look ahead and I think these are accidents that may happen in a race. As we often said we should leave the drivers free to battle so we may not be happy with the decision, we are not supporting the decision but we understand the fact that we need to move forward and overall I think that’s good for the sport and good to F1.
“So bravo to Verstappen, victory of him and I think he did a fantastic race today, as I think Charles [did] as well. Charles drove very well, and there will be new opportunities.”
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