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WRITE TO US Motorsport News Haymarket Consumer Media, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SP Clamping down on drivers unnecessarily can be bad for F1
The impetuosity of youth or a Red Bull in a china shop? Max Verstappen was certainly the talk of the town after the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, continuing his on-going feud with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and, this time, involving Sebastian Vettel too.
This is where F1 rulemakers have to be careful. F1 is far too often accused of being too bland, too boring, and Verstappen certainly is a breath of fresh air. He is not afraid of big names and big reputations. Everyone else is just another car to be overtaken, it is as simple as that for him.
By putting the shackles on too firmly, drivers will end up too frightened to pull any moves. Verstappen’s move at the opening turn of the Belgian Grand Prix was reminiscent of Romain Grosjean’s multi-car shunt in 2012 and could easily have resulted in as much carnage. The then-lotus driver was vilified for his shunt(s) and had his wings clipped.
Verstappen’s moves are on the very edge, but those edges are defined by the stewards. Any punishment should not be trial by media but dished out in a considered way, no matter how angry grumpy Finns might get... Matt James, Editor
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