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Did Arrogant Comments from Max Verstappen in the Press Conference Lead to the FIA Investigation and Further Penalty

Published 10/27/2019, 9:56 AM EDT

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During the qualifying session of the Mexican Grand Prix 2019, Max Verstappen grabbed pole position. However, disaster struck Red Bull as the FIA slapped him with a 3-place grid penalty. As a result, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will line up on the front row ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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It would later transpire that Max Verstappen shot himself in the foot and painted himself guilty in the press conference. However, initially, the FIA had not even noticed that he didn’t slow down, so there was no investigation necessary.


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Then came the incriminating press conference where the Dutchman painted a neon sign saying ‘Guilty’. So, the FIA elected to take another look at Verstappen’s data following his provocative comments.

It was worth noting that, according to Auto Motor und Sport, Valtteri Bottas destroyed the marshalling sensors in his crash. That explained why neither the trackside LED boards nor the yellow LEDs on Verstappens steering wheel were working.

It was also his smug mannerisms that hammered the final nail in the coffin and he was hauled up. He even practically challenged the FIA when he said, “Well, then delete my lap. The second. The other lap was fine as well.”

Upon being questioned further, he said, “Do we have to go there? To safety? I think we know what we are doing – otherwise we would not be driving an F1 car. It’s qualifying and, yeah, you go for it. But like I said before, if they want to delete the lap, then delete the lap.”

Afterwards, the likes of Lewis Hamilton responded on the incident and the FIA ruling. In all honesty, it was the right decision as F1 drivers should set a precedent. This kind of behaviour from Max Verstappen does not bode well for Formula One and its image as a whole.

Other responses were,


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Dhruv George


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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.
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