It was a bit of an exaggeration to decide the fate of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix before the start, after Lewis Hamilton was given a total of 10 seconds for two violations, including a start test in an unmarked place, with only the lowest step of the podium starting from the edge. closed.
The world championship leader still retained 44 points from his advantage in carving the winner Valtteri Bottas by 11 units, but the more painful point may be that his mistakes were “rewarded” by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) with two penalty points.
Thus, only two strigulas separate him from the one-pass ban, and for the next four weekends, the sword of Damocles will surely hover over his head. Hamilton believes the punishment served no other purpose than to stop him from being stewarded, just as Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff did not approve of the “excessive” sanction.
In addition to them, Max Verstappen is of the opinion that Hamilton was treated more severely than he should have been by the FIA. “Maybe it wasn’t right to stop where, but to share penalty points for that ?! I’m not sure that’s correct, ”the Red Bull pilot stood by his rival.
“If it had caused an accident, I would still understand, but what Lewis did was unintentional,” added the 22-year-old rider, who jokingly also told the race supervisors, “I try to stay away from them on the race track as much as possible. I might meet them in a hotel or a bar, but not elsewhere. ”
“It’s ridiculous how many penalty points have been imposed, especially this year. I think they should only sanction this if, for example, someone causes an accident, ”he said seriously.