Max Verstappen brands F1 rules 'a joke' in frustrated rant as Lewis Hamilton also angry


Max Verstappen has criticised the FIA for its handling of track limits penalties at the Austrian Grand Prix. The Dutchman said track limits had been a “joke” and admitted he didn’t think drivers should be receiving penalties for going slightly wide. 

Verstappen was one of many drivers to be handed a series of warnings for crossing the white lines in Spielberg. Rival Charles Leclerc was also issued warnings while team-mate Sergio Perez was handed an official black and white flag warning.

Reacting in the post-race press conference, Verstappen said: “I think track limits debate this weekend has been a bit of a joke Not only in F1 but in F2, F3. It’s easy to say from the outside, ‘yeah but you just have to stay within the white lines’. 

“It sounds very easy but it’s not. When you go that quick through a corner and some of them are a bit blind. If you have a bit more understeer, tyres are wearing, It’s easy to just go over the white lines but do you actually gain tine, maybe yes, maybe not.

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Dudley added: “A-firm, we will have a look Lewis.” Hamilton commented: “Are other people getting it? There’s loads of people going off.”

Lando Norris was handed a five-second penalty for breaking the rules alongside Zhou Guanyu and Pierre Gasly.


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