Max Verstappen is not pleased with the incidents in the chaotic Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia. “This has nothing to do with Formula 1 anymore,” the Red Bull driver said after his second place.
“As it is now, this sport is more about handing out penalties than racing. A lot of things happened, with things I don’t quite agree with.”
Verstappen later said at a press conference that his comments are mainly of a general nature. In his view, races are increasingly decided behind the table of the race management. “I think there is a trend in sport, I didn’t grow up with Formula 1 like that.”
Verstappen was given a five-second time penalty in the race, among other things, because he illegally overtook Lewis Hamilton outside the track. As a result, the Briton was able to take the lead from Verstappen on lap 43.
Hamilton and Verstappen also have to report to race management, because the Briton hit the back of the Dutchman on lap 38.