Red Bull have criticised Formula One officials for their “appalling” decision to hand driver Max Verstappen a five-second penalty at the end of Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, which resulted in the Dutchman dropping off the podium.
Verstappen finished third after a late overtake on Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen but was later pushed down to fourth after incurring the penalty, given after all four of his tyres were adjudged to have cut Turn 17.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner labelled the decision “appalling,” while Verstappen—who made an impressive rise after starting 16th on the grid—appeared bemused but humble despite the late disappointment:
“Consistency is lacking and understanding racing. They do understand how to kill the sport.
“I am still a happy man but of course we should have been third. It is very weird because the whole weekend we could run off track and there were no track limits.
“Even my fight with (Mercedes driver Valtteri) Bottas, he went off the track when I was in front and he came back in front of me and there was no penalty given, and we overtake him again. I am fine with that but then I am fighting with Kimi and I do get a penalty.”
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