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Verstappen gets extra punishment for Suzuka crash, nears race ban

Verstappen gets extra punishment for Suzuka crash, nears race ban

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Verstappen gets extra punishment for Suzuka crash, nears race ban

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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