Max Verstappen cuts a corner to avoid apology to US GP stewards

Red Bull driver had hit out at "one idiot steward"

3y ago

Max Verstappen has backed away from apologising for his criticism of the US GP stewards following his controversial podium demotion.

The Red Bull driver hit out at "one idiot steward" after being handed a five-second post-race penalty, which demoted him off the podium in Austin, for overtaking Kimi Raikkonen after running off track.

"It's a shame we miss out on the podium as they take it away again but it's just one idiot steward who always makes the decisions up there against me," raged Verstappen. "The crowd is loving it and then you do something like that on world TV. The way they did it is unbelievable. The sport makes no sense. They kill the race like that."

Mika Salo, the former F1 driver who was part of the stewards' panel at Austin, has revealed he received death threats in the wake of Verstappen's demotion.

In Thursday's press conference for this weekend's Mexican GP, Verstappen admitted he regretted his language but swerved away from making a full apology.

"After a race, emotions always run high, especially when you have been taken off the podium," said Verstappen. "The punishment wasn't correct because everyone was running off the track. And the fans loved it.

"I think it was quite normal that l got angry. I could have used different words but l still think the decision wasn't correct.

"I was angry. But the words were not correct."

Verstappen reiterated his insistence that his punishment was unjust, stressing that drivers had breached the Austin track limits throughout the weekend without penalty.

"If l was really gaining an advantage, l would have done it on every single lap," Verstappen added. "I don't think l gained an advantage."

The 20-year-old, who did not speak to the stewards prior to his punishment being imposed, also indicated he had only cut the corner as he chased down Raikkonen on the final lap in order to avoid a collision.

"First I was trying to avoid an accident and then to overtake him," Verstappen argued. "He tried to close the door so you have to avoid it."


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Comments (16)

  • The death treats is not Verstappens fault he doesn't have to appoligise for anything. The steward should take the people that gavecthe treats to court if he they can get the evidence needed to prosecute.

      3 years ago
  • "He tried to close the door so you have to avoid it." which is very true .

      3 years ago
    • Kimi gave enough room for Max to keep one wheel over the white line. Max too immature to trust others would race clean. Jos has filled his sons head with nonsense.

        3 years ago
    • I aint 100% convinced with Max's overtaking sometimes but in this case he tried to go on the inside. Kimi squeezes him and when your going at 150mph you cant take risks so he did as much as he could to a avoid the collision by going as far away as...

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        3 years ago
  • He deserved the penalty & it's not the 1st time he has been penalized for the same thing

      3 years ago
  • Kimi Raikkonen is always unhappy, miserable bleeder. Ferrari you need a new driver.

      3 years ago
    • 😂Wait WHAT?! Kimi's like the opposite to that, there's a reason they call him the iceman! He's a cool guy who races fairly, and Max DID cut the corner and gained an advantage because of it, wich is against the rules and thereby it was a correct...

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        3 years ago
  • The stewards and the FIA were all idiots, during the #USGP, due to their inconsistency. Maybe they can smarten up starting with the #MexicanGP…? One solution would be to have 4 stewards who rotate, race to race, throughout the season. Keep the same ones during a specific season and change the roster in between seasons, if need be.

      3 years ago
    • The decision was crazy, but the logic was sound. He breached the track limits, you cannot argue that.

        3 years ago
    • What inconsistencies happened in the race?

      Yes few racers went wide in the race by being pushed wide like happened with Ric vs Bottas.

      But no one else cut corner from the inside like Verstappen did, and let be real here he did that just to get...

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        3 years ago