“Traffic Lights” – Max Verstappen Takes a Savage Dig at Russian GP Penalty

Published 09/23/2021, 11:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen walks around the circuit ahead of the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Max Verstappen received a three-place grid penalty for his crash with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver had attempted to pass his title rival on the outside of Turn 1 at Monza but ended up on top of him after bouncing off the sausage curb.

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Verstappen stated he was surprised to have to get the penalty. But the championship leader mentioned it was not the end of the world that the stewards gave him the penalty.

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You know everyone has their own view on it: Max Verstappen

In his pre-race comments at the Russian Grand Prix, the Dutch driver mentioned he does not agree with the penalty but recognizes that everyone has a different view. When asked if there could be any more racing incidents in the races,

“The rule book becomes bigger and bigger every year. I don’t know, maybe at one point we have to work with traffic lights (laughs),” said Max jokingly.

You know, everyone has their own view on it. They have clearly a different view than me and that’s fine. That’s in general how the world works. You know everyone has their own views. Some have the authority to decide things,” said Max.

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The Red Bull driver reveals when he found about the penalty

Max Verstappen stated he found about the penalty pretty late. He mentioned he does not agree with the decision with the stewards but accepts the reality of the situation.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

“I was already on my way to the airport,” said Max when he found out about the penalty.

“I was surprised, but in the end, the stewards decide. I don’t have to agree with the penalty and have my own opinion about it. In the end, you have to live with it.” concluded Max.

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It looks highly likely that Verstappen will take an engine penalty and start from the back of the grid at Sochi. Max has reached the limit of the allotted engines in 2021 with three.

Can there be any racing incidents anymore? Let us know.

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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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