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Verstappen facing "weak penalty" for "very serious" Hamilton incident - Stewart

Verstappen facing "weak penalty" for "very serious" Hamilton incident - Stewart

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Verstappen facing "weak penalty" for "very serious" Hamilton incident - Stewart

Verstappen facing "weak penalty" for "very serious" Hamilton incident - Stewart

Three-time F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart believes Max Verstappen has been handed "such a weak penalty" by the FIA stewards following his Italian Grand Prix collision with Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull driver Verstappen will drop back three places for the next race in Russia after being deemed "predominantly to blame" for the lap-26 incident at Monza which resulted in his car landing on top of Hamilton's Mercedes.

Hamilton and team principal Toto Wolff both claimed the halo saved the life of the seven-time champion, an indicator to Stewart of the serious nature of the accident.

While the stewards only judge an incident in isolation, away from any outcome, speaking to Talksport, Stewart said: "It was yet another experience of the two drivers being a little bit over anxious to get on with the job.

“It was an early part of the race and not something you want to push too hard on to begin with. It’s a circuit where there is an opportunity to pass in one or two other areas.

“As in Silverstone, when there was a collision between both drivers, I think both of those cases could have been avoided.

“They were both too early in the race to be really pushing in that fashion and situations where anybody could have been thrown in the air, upside down, it could have been very serious.

“It would have been very difficult to say who was guilty. The governing body has made a decision.

"But it was such a weak penalty, only three places at the next grand prix Verstappen will have to move back. That’s a very small penalty.”

Verstappen 'still in the puppy stage'

Stewart feels, however, "both drivers have to take some responsibility" for what took place.

He added: "It was a corner they all know because that corner simply wasn’t there in my day.

“It has been put in because the race track was so fast and dangerous that they had to carry out slowing down procedures. That’s what that corner has done.”

With neither driver scoring a point from the grand prix, and Hamilton failing to finish for the first time in 63 races, Verstappen heads to the Sochi Autodrom with a five-point lead.

Stewart, though, is undecided as to whether Hamilton will win a record-breaking eighth title or if Verstappen will claim his first.

"They [Mercedes] have the best package at the moment, but Red Bull have really shown themselves to be hot," assessed Stewart.

“Verstappen, I think now is the fastest driver in the business, but is still slightly in the puppy stage.

“At the same time, Lewis may be approaching the end of his career in Formula 1, so I think the future holds more in the Verstappen field, but don’t count out Mercedes and Lewis is an extremely good driver.”

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Symanski

Stewart is right. And if, as expected, Max takes the engine penalty that would put him to the back of the grid anyway, absolutely meaningless too.

For deliberately driving in to another car and nearly killing another driver he should be facing a lifetime ban. At the very least out for a couple of races.

Look at Grosjean's accident, and he didn't mean it. But he was banned for a race. Yet Max gets, as Stewart put it, a slap on the wrist.

F1 are too afraid of Red Bull to deal with the dangerous driving of Verstappen. Only the Halo prevented another death in F1.

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Stewart is right. And if, as expected, Max takes the engine penalty that would put him to the back of the grid anyway, absolutely meaningless too.

For deliberately driving in to another car and nearly killing another driver he should be facing a lifetime ban. At the very least out for a couple of races.

Look at Grosjean's accident, and he didn't mean it. But he was banned for a race. Yet Max gets, as Stewart put it, a slap on the wrist.

F1 are too afraid of Red Bull to deal with the dangerous driving of Verstappen. Only the Halo prevented another death in F1.

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Well said, thank god for the halo.

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When Jackie speaks, it is incumbent upon us all that we listen carefully. He is the ultimate master of F1 and what he doesn't know isn't worth knowing. I agree that the penalty for Verstappen is too lenient. At the very least a ban should have been imposed. I also agree with Damian Hill that it was intentional. Damian should know, given that Schumacher did exactly the same to him! That prevented Damian from winning the World Championship that year. Max knew if Lewis passed him, he wouldn't win. He's a puppy, as Jackie says and a badly-behaved one at that. he's got a lot to learn

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Max should be suspended for the rest of the year. He be a bully thug driver.

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Jackie is old, speed of races in 2021 massively different. A lot of emotion of course. Clouting a lot of perspective. Lewis left a gap, mistake. Max took it. Well, went pear-shaped from there., 50/50.Happened at a lower speed, less danger. Alonso, Di Resta, Brundell said racing incident, carries more weight than Stewart IMHO . If Jenson Button says Max was at fault I'd accept, trust his impartial opinion and actually racing in modern times

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@Hulk

"Jenson impartial"

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max IS AN IDIOT!!!

SURPRISED STEWART DIDN'T GO AGAINST SIR LEWIS HAMILTON. FIRST FOR EVERYTHING!

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Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Still, Jackie Stewart couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have a dig at Hamilton by saying Verstappen is the fastest driver.

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I can agree to disagree with Stewart and here is why. Lewis made a desperate move at Silverstone stuffing it up the inside when there was no inside shoving Max into the barrier at 140MPH and no penalty, now lewis makes a defensive move max does not back out and he is penalized? F1 come on be consistent either they are penalized or neither. Both drivers guilty of forcing the issue , nobody wants a title determined by a penalty 100% they will tangle again 100%

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What you failed to mention is how Lewis was going to go around the outside of Max, but Max swerved over to cover that line at the last second. Lewis had no option but to move to the right, down the inside. Even then he was on the brakes getting out of that position. But Max still decided to move over to the right again even though he had the corner and had room to get round safely.

Max got a taste of his own food and didn't like it.

Lewis shouldn't have got any penalty for someone driving across his nose when he was already taking avoiding action after being forced in to that position. The alternative was simply to mount the back of the Red Bull when Max swerved over initially.

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As usual, the headline slightly aggrevates the actual words used here. IMO we’re seeing actual racing for the points here. Not just following the leader for laps on end … We haven’t seen that in quite some years. In both incidents (Silv. & Monza) one could argue for both sides. However, @Silverstone there was room left on the inside of the track for Lewis to contend. He missed the apex and misjudged velocity and corner to hit Verstappen. @Monza Leeis deliberately closed the gap to corner #2. There was no track left for Max to avoid the sausage curb. You can see he tries to avoid Lewis but nowhere to go… In other words “he pushed me off the track”. Now where have we heard that before?

Glad both guys are ok!

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