Ex-Red Bull Driver Criticizes FIA’s Ruling on Max Verstappen’s Burnout F1 Celebration

Published 06/30/2021, 12:03 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA News conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the French grand prix REUTERS/Yves Herman


Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the Styrian GP by a whooping 35-second margin over his title rival Lewis Hamilton, the Dutch wanted to celebrate in style. He preferred a strong tire burnout near the pit wall in front of the team.

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By which, race director Michael Masi did not impress and warned the constructors’ championship leader any repeat of Max Verstappen’s finish line, tire-burnout victory celebration would not be tolerated in the future.

Meanwhile, former Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos and F1 legend Gerhard Berger take a dig at FIA Formula One Race Director Michael Masi for clamping down Max Verstappen’s tire burnout’ celebration.

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“Max saw his teammates hanging over the fence and did a cool burnout. I don’t quite understand why it was criticized,” said former Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos.

“He did it on the extreme side of the track, so it was completely safe. Don’t you think these things should be possible to celebrate a victory like that? Especially when Red Bull was winning on its own track.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic.

“When I saw it I thought ‘Everybody is going to talk about this,” said the former Ferrari and McLaren driver, Gerhard Berger.

“A warning is appropriate,” Berger told Servus TV, “but in general I like what they do in MotoGP when the warm-down lap is turned into a real show by some of the riders.

Red Bull and Max Verstappen to aim for another victory at home

Red Bull would certainly look to build on their recent red hot form for the last race of the triple-header. The Milton Keynes-based team will again be the favorites to win the race at their home.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull have a further chance to extend their lead in the championship over Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, respectively.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic.

After the triumph at Styrian Grand Prix, the Dutchman has extended his lead by 18 points over Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship standings. Similarly, the Milton Keynes outfit have extended their lead over the Silver Arrows by 40 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

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