Haas F1 Boss in Favor of Max Verstappen’s Controversial Monza Penalty

Published 09/23/2021, 5:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashed with each other at the Italian Grand Prix. The incident took both drivers driver out of the race after the Red Bull of Verstappen crashed on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes. The stewards gave the Dutch driver a 3-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix. Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes the stewards had to do something about the incident.

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You just have to be careful that the fight doesn’t get too hard: Haas F1 boss

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As reported by rtl.de, the German mentioned that the collisions between the title rivals have become quite frequent. So the stewards had to intervene and stop before the becomes too much.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021, Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“The stewards had to do something because it was just too much – at some point, it will be too much. You just have to be careful that the fight doesn’t get too hard.” Steiner said.

Many drivers and F1 personnel believe that the crash between Lewis and Max was a racing incident.

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In the end, I am proud of the stewards: Lewis Hamilton said on Max’s penalty

Lewis Hamilton mentioned the stewards came to the right decision, and he was proud of them. The Mercedes driver stated that the safety of the drivers is paramount.

“In the end, I am proud of the stewards. I think it is important for us we promote driver safety and that strict rules apply,” said Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after crashing out of the race with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“I don’t think I’ve ever been hit in the head by any other car. That’s quite a shock to me. If you look at the pictures, you can see that my head is really going far forward.

I’ve been racing for a long, long time. I’m grateful to be still here, I feel blessed.” said Hamilton.

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Both championship rivals have previously collided with each other in Silverstone when Hamilton took out Verstappen from the race.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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