Verstappen "clearly" deserved Suzuka penalty - Whiting

F1 race director Charlie Whiting has no doubts that Max Verstappen "clearly" deserved a penalty for his first lap incident with Kimi Raikkonen in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Verstappen "clearly" deserved Suzuka penalty - Whiting

Verstappen felt it was a "bit stupid" for him to have been given a five-second penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner after he ran wide at the chicane and then pushed Raikkonen off.

But Whiting thinks there can be no doubt that Verstappen deserved punishment for the way he came back on the circuit.

"It was quite clearly a penalty because Max went off the track and rejoined the track unsafely," explained Whiting, when asked by Motorsport.com for his views on the incident.

"You are required to rejoin safely and Kimi was there and pushed him off the track. So I think that was a fairly straightforward one for the stewards."

Vettel clash

Whiting believes that the later Verstappen incident with Sebastian Vettel, when they clashed at Spoon Curve in the fight for position, could not be blamed on either driver – which is why no penalty was handed out.

"Seb tried to get up the inside, and it was a reasonable move," added Whiting. "He got halfway alongside and Max turned in – a bit of a classic really.

"Stewards don't normally give penalties unless they are sure that one driver was wholly or predominantly to blame. Opinions will vary on whether there was equal blame, but certainly no driver was predominantly to blame they felt."

Whiting also brushed off suggestions from Verstappen that Vettel should have got a penalty for it – just as the Dutchman did in China when he hit his Ferrari rival in a failed overtaking move.

"In China he came charging down the inside into the hairpin, and almost T-boned Seb," he said. "I don't think there was any similarity between those two.

"I haven't had a look at the one from China, but my recollection from that incident as it was a very clear case of causing a collision, and I think what Sebastian was doing was a genuine attempt to overtake.

"What Max was doing in China was opportunistic at best."

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H clash

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H clash

Photo by: Sutton Images

shares
comments
Fire cost Grosjean telemetry in Japanese GP

Previous article

Fire cost Grosjean telemetry in Japanese GP

Next article

Japanese GP: Post-race press conference

Japanese GP: Post-race press conference
Load comments
The details that boosted Verstappen and held back Hamilton in Austin Prime

The details that boosted Verstappen and held back Hamilton in Austin

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon in Texas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Prime

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment.

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Why a misunderstood Kimi Raikkonen will thrive in retirement Prime

Why a misunderstood Kimi Raikkonen will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man Anthony Peacock explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it).

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
How Verstappen has become F1 champion material Prime

How Verstappen has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle Prime

Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be set to be another close contest.

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Prime

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Prime

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021