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Raikkonen Overtake was Wrong: Verstappen

Raikkonen Overtake was Wrong: Verstappen

Raikkonen overtake

At the US Grand Prix, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen elicited a huge roar from the grandstands with a last-lap move on Kimi Raikkonen for third place. Unfortunately, the FIA ensured that his joy was short-lived by handing a five-second penalty for cutting the corner at Turn 17. The Dutchman was informed of the decision just before he took to the podium to celebrate. Understandably, he was livid and even called one FIA steward “an idiot”. Now, with the season over and with a cool head he admitted that the Raikkonen overtake was wrong.

Raikkonen overtake
Max Verstappen

However, the 20-year-old is still of the opinion that the subsequent penalty was harsh. He said, “Of course, at first your initial reaction is something like: ‘Why? It was a great move.’ But when you look at the rules, it was not correct. Nothing was by the book that whole weekend. Drivers were getting off track without being penalised for it.”

Verstappen started way down the order, courtesy engine changes. He admitted that he has evaluated the race result with a little more perspective. But Max still insists that the FIA stewards treated him harshly.

He added to his version of the Raikkonen overtake, “You always need to focus on the positives: it was still a nice race and everyone enjoyed the excitement all the way down to the final lap. It’s always nice to be on the podium, but to finish fourth after having started sixteenth, is still a great result. It wasn’t as painful as most people thought it was. In the end, I made my peace with it.”Verstappen is one of the most exciting young drivers to grace Formula One. The ‘Flying Dutchman’ rejected advances from Mercedes and Ferrari and signed a new three-year contract with Red Bull in October. However, he did have a few terms and conditions. His clause was that the Austrian squad must be challenging at the front of the grid.

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Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB13.
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