Max Verstappen handed three-place grid penalty for Russian GP after crashing into Lewis Hamilton at Monza
MAX VERSTAPPEN has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix after crashing into Lewis Hamilton at Monza.
Sunday’s Italian GP ended within the gravel for each title rivals after the Dutchman tried an overtake into the Turn 1 chicane.
But he failed to finish the transfer and bounced OVER Hamilton’s automotive because the Mercedes driver defended his place.
With each males out of the race, Formula One stewards waited till after the chequered flag to assessment the incident.
Voth had been referred to as to reply questions on the crash and it was determined that Verstappen, 23, must be handed a three-place penalty for the subsequent race’s beginning grid.
Two penalty factors have additionally been added to the Red Bull star’s licence, which was beforehand clear.
After reviewing the footage, stewards decided that Verstappen was by no means even forward of Hamilton’s entrance wheel and subsequently didn’t have the fitting to the racing line.
The Brit was additionally thought of to have taken an ‘avoiding line’ to restrict the possibilities of contact along with his rival.
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That left them with the view that Hamilton had put his automotive in a ‘affordable’ place’ and Verstappen was ‘predominantly in charge’.
The incident additionally noticed the 36-year-old escape doubtlessly critical damage because the Red Bull bounced off the Halo machine above his head.
It left Hamilton feeling ‘sore’ however each males walked away from the scene of the crash.
Verstappen had performed down his position within the collision earlier than seeing the stewards.
He declared: “These things happen. We are all professional enough to get on with it and keep on racing each other.
“But I didn’t anticipate him to maintain on squeezing, squeezing, squeezing. He didn’t even must.
“If he would have left me a automotive width we’d have raced out of Turn 2 and he would have in all probability would have stayed in entrance anyway.
“He kept on pushing me wider and wider and at one point there was nowhere to go and he pushed me onto the sausage kerb and that is why we touched, because the rear tyre bumped up to his tyre.”
Following the final of a triple-header of races in Italy, F1 now heads to Sochi for the Russian GP on September 26.
Verstappen elevated his lead within the Drivers’ Championship to 5 factors after ending second in Saturday’s dash qualifying.
Hamilton mentioned: “I made sure I left a car’s width on the outside for him. I went into Turn 1 and I was ahead and was ahead going into Turn 2, then all of a sudden he was on top of me.”
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