As they approached the left-hand hairpin at Turn 1, Verstappen seemed to push Leclerc all the way across the pit lane exit. This move allowed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to seize the opportunity and pass Leclerc, who couldn't reclaim his position against Hamilton while Verstappen secured a record third Sprint race victory of the season.
Villeneuve questions Verstappen consequences
Although Leclerc viewed the move as tough but fair, Villeneuve held a different perspective. He believed that Verstappen's move was too extreme to be overlooked by the race stewards and had significant consequences, costing Leclerc valuable points.
“Leclerc was pushed off the track, it’s too much,” Villeneuve told F1 TV. “It wasn’t necessary.
“I don’t understand why the first lap should be evaluated differently, a dirty manoeuvre or pushing a car to the limits of the track are things that should be investigated.”
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