Max Verstappen is awarded a penalty, keeping 2nd place in the Saudi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen received a 10-second penalty for causing a collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Saudi Grand Prix, but he will still be placed in second place 15.3 seconds after finishing the Formula 1 race Valtteri Bottas in third place.

Hamilton hit the rear of Verstappen’s car as he approached Round 27 after the Red Bull driver slowed in front of him.

Verstappen was asked to let Hamilton pass after retaining his previous position on the lap by taking both cars off the track in Round 1.

However, he managed to do so in front of the DRS (drag reduction system) detection point so he could gain advantage from the rear lane pass assist and reverse into Turn 1.

Hamilton said he wasn’t sure why Verstappen was slowing down in the straight, as he didn’t know the Red Bull driver would let him go back in time, but also said he was wary of handing the DRS to Verstappen in the straight. after.

The managers noted this fact but ultimately found Verstappen to be primarily the cause.

“At the age of 21, the driver of vehicle 33 was instructed to yield to vehicle 44 and was asked by the team to do so ‘strategically’,” the manager’s statement said. “Vehicle 33 has slowed down significantly at turn 26. However, it is clear that no driver wants to get ahead of the 3rd line when DRS is detected.

“Car Driver 33” [Verstappen] said he was wondering why Vehicle 44 did not pass and the driver of Vehicle 44 [Hamilton] said that at that time, he did not know that Vehicle 33 was back in position, did not know why Car 33 was slowing down. In the decision to sanction the driver of Vehicle 33, the key point of the Flight Attendants was that the driver of Vehicle 33 had braked sharply (line 69) and significantly resulted in a 2.4g reduction.

“While it is accepted that the driver of Vehicle 44 may have passed Vehicle 33 when that vehicle first decelerated, we understand why he (and the driver of Vehicle 33) did not want to be the first to pass. DRS.

“However, because the driver of vehicle 33 suddenly braked and was determined by the management to be unstable and therefore the main cause of the collision, a standard penalty of 10 seconds was imposed for this type of incident.

“Players are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Manager, under Article 15 of the FIA ​​International Sports Code and Chapter 4 of the FIA’s Judiciary and Disciplinary Rules, within apply.”

Verstappen also had two penalty points during his prime, bringing his total to seven over a 12-month period. If a driver scores 12 points within a 12-month period, it will result in a race ban. Max Verstappen is awarded a penalty, keeping 2nd place in the Saudi Grand Prix

Huynh Nguyen

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