Verstappen Keeps Suzuka Pole But Handed Reprimand – WTF1
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Verstappen Keeps Suzuka Pole But Handed Reprimand

After their close call during the Japanese Grand Prix qualifying, Max Verstappen has been given a reprimand for his incident with Lando Norris. Therefore, he’ll keep his pole and start on the front row of the grid tomorrow alongside Charles Leclerc.

“The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 1 (Max Verstappen), the driver of Car 4 (Lando Norris) and team representatives and reviewed video and timing evidence.

“The driver of car 1 [Verstappen] was aware of car 55 [Carlos Sainz] in front and car 4 [Norris] approaching from behind and decided to accelerate at precisely the same time as car 4 decided to overtake car 1.

“Unfortunately, due to lack of tyre temperature on car 1, the driver temporarily lost control of the car causing it to ‘snap’ anti-clockwise.

“The driver of car 4 (but we think they mean Verstappen) stated that this was simply an unfortunate incident however it is the driver’s responsibility to at all times maintain control of their car.

“Regarding penalty, all previous breaches of this nature have resulted in a Reprimand hence a similar penalty is imposed in this case.”

Norris said he expected Verstappen to be given a penalty before they both visited the Stewards’ office.

This is Max’s first reprimand of the season!

One thought on “Verstappen Keeps Suzuka Pole But Handed Reprimand

  • Philip Grice says:

    VER was handed a “Reprimand”. BFD. He could have gotten himself killed pulling that stupid maneuver! He could have become the second posthumous WDC. Worse, he could have killed them both were it not for Norris’ heroic avoidance on the grass. What was Verstappen thinking! He was thinking only about himself. As usual.

    The Red Bull overheats it’s tires so Verstappen was driving exceptionally slowly to ‘save’ their best for his final qually lap. Norris’ McLaren needs to work the tires hard to get temperature into them. He had to pass Verstappen to keep the heat in his tires. A fact that would never occur to Verstappen as he only thinks about what he needs and that was keeping Norris behind him so he had an ‘open’ track to himself. Therefore I’m sure it was a deliberate blocking maneuver and an incredibly dangerous one. In his desperation he nearly completely lost it as he reacted so late given Norris’ speed and obvious intent to pass him.

    He wants ‘respect’ from the other drivers but gives no respect at all to them. He arrogance knows no bounds.

    Once again the FIA demonstrate that the letters FIA stand for Freaking Incompetent A holes. They continue to let dangerous moves on the track go unpunished. Senna, Schumacher and now Verstappen. It must only get worse until someone dies. I hope it’s the arrogant moron that causes the ‘accident’ and not some innocent people that suffer.

    I don’t care what Verstappen says about how he nearly caused a huge wreck today. He’s a pathological liar.

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