Verstappen gets extra punishment for Suzuka crash, nears race ban
Max Verstappen was punished further by the FIA and Japanese Grand Prix stewards for his opening-lap crash with Kimi Raikkonen, picking up a penalty point on his super licence that puts him close to a race ban. Verstappen now has eight points on his licence, if he picks up four at the United States Grand Prix he will be band for Mexico.
Verstappen served a five-second penalty during the race for entering the track unsafely after a first-lap lock-up sent him off the track and he made contact with Raikkonen while trying not to cut the corner at the next turn.
"If I get a five-second penalty next time I'll just cut the track like Valtteri [Bottas] did. I know what to do next time," he told Sky Sports.
Verstappen was less than impressed with his in-race sanction, but there was worse to come afterwards.
He will lose a point from his super licence on October 22, as it will have been on his record for more than 12 months.
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