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Verstappen calls on FIA to sort out "ridiculous" rules

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05/11/2016

Max Verstappen has a message for the FIA... sort out your "ridiculous" rules over the winter.

The Dutch youngster who finished third, fifth and ultimately fourth in Mexico is still seething at being punished for running wide while a similar incident involving Lewis Hamilton saw the Briton escape Scot free.

The Red Bull driver says that such inconsistency is not only frustrating for drivers it is a turn of for the fans.

"The problem with these kind of rules is that they complicate the sport for both the viewer and the stewards themselves," he writes in his latest column for sponsor Exact.

"That was evident at the Grand Prix of Mexico," he continues. "Lewis Hamilton cut across the grass at the first corner and was not penalised. Fine, but after I did exactly the same in my fight with Sebastian Vettel, I got a five-second penalty and I lost my third place.

"That is a ridiculous situation," he insists. "Lewis and I both miss our braking point, in exactly the same corner. Just like him I didn't have any advantage, because I went first into the corner and came out first again. That I am punished, but not Lewis, indicates that there are double standards.

"The current season still has two races to go, and then maybe we can use the winter to put the rules and regulations under the microscope to create more clarity," he advised. "Rules are obviously needed and I will always respect them, but it is only fair if they are the same for everyone and are also applied that way."

Naturally, the Dutch youngster supported one of the stewards decisions in Mexico, that to penalise Sebastian Vettel.

"Apparently he was expecting that I would just give him the position, but I was not planning on doing that. I don't do presents," quipped the youngster. "In his frustration Sebastian closed the door for Daniel Ricciardo by doing exactly that what is now banned by the 'Verstappen rule'.

"It feels fair that Sebastian was punished for his actions in the end. But what is strange is that it was only looked at later, so Daniel did not enjoy his time on the podium," concluded the Red Bull driver, omitting to mention that the late penalty also saved Juan Pablo Montoya having to drink from the Australian's boot.

Over to you Charlie.

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1. Posted by metalhead, 06/11/2016 20:53

"All the while ratings are dropping and its now nothing more than a fringe hobby-"

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2. Posted by edllorca, 06/11/2016 16:32

"When the drivers stop driving poorly then we wont need ridiculous rules."

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3. Posted by Stitch431, 06/11/2016 11:41

"It would help the spectacle very much if the rules were simplified and that the drivers are allowed to race again. Track limits, find a solution. Be it a wall or gravel. The one that is whining the most about defending your position (moving under braking) used to be much harder on track in his day (Niki Lauda). So PLEASE allow racing again instead of the artificial driver parade these rules are providing us with!! We saw some spectacular racing this season but with the new "Verstappen" rule it is all gone down the drain again..."

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4. Posted by Yves, 05/11/2016 20:07

"I believe it is Juan Pablo Montoya who escaped the unsavory drink ! Max has a good point ! In the end, Red Bull was penalised twice; first corner, and podium. "

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5. Posted by klmn, 05/11/2016 15:11

"Right @Lapps , Fia should give Max his third place back. Daniel 4 and baby Vettel 5."

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6. Posted by Lapps, 05/11/2016 14:51

"Max has a good point. Lewis obtained (kept) clear advantage with his first lap 'off'.

Lapps"

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7. Posted by testa rossa, 05/11/2016 13:40

" I would say a few small spikes at the track limit , give no damage but a flat tire ( or two )"

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8. Posted by -ape-, 05/11/2016 13:17

"These walls of Bernie could be tire barriers so no stewards decision needed. Easy fix forr some corners."

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9. Posted by Canuck, 05/11/2016 12:26

"You really have Pastor Maldonado on your mind, I see he left a great impression on you -- hahahahahaha"

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