Max Verstappen’s rivals were unimpressed to learn a steward from the Singapore Grand Prix admitted they made a mistake by failing to penalise him for an incident during qualifying.
Grid penalties have been issued for impeding on several occasions this year. Some teams are understood to have raised queries over why Verstappen avoided the same for one of his three incidents, when he held up AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda.
It later emerged one steward had admitted the decision not to give Verstappen a grid penalty had been a mistake. Several of his rivals said there was no reason why the stewards shouldn’t have got the call right first time.
“It was definitely a bit strange to see Max got away with those reprimands last week,” said George Russell. “We obviously always look for consistency.
“We appreciate it’s not easy in the best of times, but last week was obviously a bit of a slam-dunk, so it was strange why it didn’t happen.”
Russell’s team mate Lewis Hamilton was dissatisfied by the steward’s change of mind, pointing out: ““That rule has been the same for ages.”
“We need to start looking into AI for this sort of thing, so we get good decisions,” he added. “I would like to see whether AI could do a better job or not.”
Carlos Sainz Jnr, who won last weekend’s race and has been penalised for impeding this year, said the stewards should take lessons from their error.
“It’s just a shame that the guy that is dominating and winning in pretty much every race, he’s the only one that gets away with it while all the others, we’ve had a penalty this year.
“And when I say everyone it’s everyone has had, pretty much, a penalty. So it’s a bit strange. Hopefully they learn from it.”
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