REVEALED: F1’s Reason for Controversially Punishing Verstappen for Scary Hamilton Crash at Monza

Published 09/13/2021, 4:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


One of the talking points of the Italian Grand Prix was the horrific crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. As the two title contenders were heading into turn one, the Dutch driver went onto the kerb, which eventually made him land him on top of the seven-time world champion.

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Both found themselves on the gravel and out of the race. However, the FIA did not brush it off as a racing incident. Instead, they awarded the Red Bull prodigy a rather heavy penalty for his actions at the Italian Grand Prix.

The reason for Max Verstappen’s penalty at Monza

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

After reviewing the footage, the FIA found that Verstappen was not alongside Hamilton until significantly into turn one. The maneuver which Max did was too late and hence didn’t have “the right to racing room.”

While they think the Briton could have steered away from the kerb to avoid the incident, but think his position was reasonable. The FIA thinks that Verstappen is to be blamed for the accident. Thus, he will incur a three-place grid penalty at the Russian Grand Prix.

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What penalty will Verstappen receive for the next race?

With a week off from the world of racing before the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi. Max would hope to tackle the obstacles that await him and grab a good result for Red Bull.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

The Dutch driver still retains the five-point gap that he has over his arch-rival, Hamilton. He hopes to extend that lead in Sochi and keep the Mercedes driver in his rearview mirrors.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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