The Verstappen overtake incident was a rather funny affair. Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, Christian Horner, any one working at Red Bull racing, F1 legend Niki Lauda and a few million fans and self proclaimed ‘connoisseurs’ of Formula 1 didn’t find it amusing. But trust me, it is funny!
What is the Verstappen Overtake incident?
Let me set the scene for you. 2017 US Grand Prix. Last lap. Verstappen in P4 looking to get ahead of Kimi in P3. The youngest race winner in the sport tried to give it as much as he could. And on turn 17, Max made it past the Finn. Verstappen finished P3. But the celebrations in RedBull garage were short lived. Stewards soon announced that five seconds are to be added to Verstappen’s time, robbing him off a podium finish.
The ruling sparked a new thread of controversy, discussion and comments. Here is what everyone said.
Max Verstappen : Stupid Decision
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) October 22, 2017
Max is clearly disappointed. He went ahead to say that it was a superb race but ‘stupid’ decisions like these really ‘kill the sport’.
“It’s one idiot steward up there which always makes decisions against me. At the end of the day everybody is running wide everywhere, there are no track limits. At Turn 9 you can run wide, at Turn 19 you can go off the track and nobody will say anything.”
With many drivers extending track limits, Max does have a valid point which can not be neglected.