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Max Verstappen ‘disappointingly’ tops list for most F1 ‘penalty points’ ahead of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix » FirstSportz

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen topped the points table last year and became F1 World Champion in 2021. But this victory for the driver comes at a price. The Dutch driver ran up seven Penalty points last season, five of which came at the Qatar GP and Saudi Arabian GP.

Now the driver is second on the list of drivers with the maximum penalty points, behind only AlphaTauri Yuki Tsunoda and Aston Martins lance walk, both with eight points each. However, Max Verstappen would soon join the duo in April as both Yukis and Strolls will forfeit a point, bringing their total to seven as well. Whereas two of Max’s points expire in September.

This is one of the achievements that Max would not have aspired to. Twelve Points on the license and he would be disqualified from entering a single race. Since most of his points expire in November and December, which is the end of the season, the reigning champion will have to be careful in the coming rounds. Max would need to avoid suspension to hope for a title defense that suffered a massive setback early on.

When did Max Verstappen collect penalty points?

The crash of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Saudi Arabian GP
The crash of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Saudi Arabian GP

Five of the seven penalty points on Max’s license were collected during the two of the last three races of the 2021 season. He has to wait a long time to get rid of the five points.

At the Qatar GP, Max Verstappen was penalized with two points for ignoring double yellow flags in qualifying. At the next race in Saudi Arabia he collected a total of three points. One point for going off the track and benefiting from it after the restart and another two points for causing his collision with Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen’s main rival in 2022, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, has zero points, which can be a bit worrying for the former as the likelihood of his suspension is far higher than Leclerc’s. The other rival, Lewis Hamilton, has just two points that expire in July 2022.

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