The Crimson Bull driver’s behaviour is underneath the highlight in Qatar this weekend with Mercedes asking the FIA for a proper to evaluation its determination to not examine the incident with Hamilton on lap 48 at Interlagos.
Mercedes’ request has been prompted by the emergence earlier this week of the front-facing onboard footage from Verstappen’s automobile, which the FIA didn’t have entry to in the course of the race.
The video reveals the occasions by Flip 4 and factors in direction of Verstappen not turning his wheel sufficient in a bid to dam Hamilton going across the exterior, earlier than he ultimately washes out off the observe.
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Requested amid all of the controversy over these moments whether or not he would do the identical once more, Verstappen mentioned: “Sure. You understand, as a driver, I believe we all know precisely what we will or can’t do in a automobile.
“We have been preventing exhausting, braking late into the nook, the tyres have been fairly worn. If I’d have turned extra abrupt to the left, you simply spin off the observe.
“In order that’s why we’re the drivers. We attempt to management the automobile.”
Verstappen mentioned that he had not gone again to take a look at recent video of what occurred, and that his opinion of it being merely exhausting racing was unchanged.
“I did not want to take a look at the footage as a result of I used to be driving the automobile,” he mentioned. “I do know precisely what occurred.
“And like I mentioned final trip, I assumed it was an ideal battle and I had numerous enjoyable as effectively on the market.
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B, battles with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
Picture by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Pictures
“On the finish of the day, they gained the race. Honest sufficient. They have been sooner than us. However yeah, it was an excellent battle.”
Verstappen added that he was ‘not stunned’ that Mercedes had elected to take issues additional, amid a rising depth of the F1 title struggle.
“I believe it is fairly regular when it is between two groups as a substitute of only one group with two drivers, proper,” he mentioned of the rivalry. “So yeah, I simply should concentrate on what’s taking place on observe, in fact. The remainder will likely be handled.”
Whereas there’s a risk that if the FIA decides Verstappen did breach the principles he might face a time penalty, he was not particularly anxious concerning the prospect.
“I do not even take into consideration that,” he mentioned. “And likewise, if, if…it is not the top of the world.
“However once more, I do not count on that to occur as a result of I assumed it was truthful and exhausting racing, and between the 2 guys who’re preventing for the championship.
“It would not have been any approach a straightforward go. As a result of it is not how I’m, and I do not suppose the way it needs to be if you’re preventing for the title.”