Italian GP: Max Verstappen sanctioned Russia for three places on the starting grid after Lewis Hamilton’s accident

Italian GP: Max Verstappen sanctioned Russia for three places on the starting grid after Lewis Hamilton’s accident

Stewards, who investigated the incident after Sunday’s race, ruled that Max Verstappen was “predominantly to blame” for the collision with Lewis Hamilton.

Last Updated: 09/12/21 6:27 pm

Max Verstappen moved alongside Lewis Hamilton after his pit stop and the pair collided at the first chicane, causing them both to be stranded on gravel.

Max Verstappen moved alongside Lewis Hamilton after his pit stop and the pair collided at the first chicane, causing them both to be stranded on gravel.

Max Verstappen received a three-place grid penalty for the upcoming Formula 1 race after he was deemed “predominantly to blame” for the accident with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian GP.

Verstappen will have to serve his penalty at the Russian GP on September 26, as stewards, following a post-race investigation, ruled that he caused the collision that ended the races of both championship rivals.

The two drivers met on lap 27 of the Monza race after Verstappen, trying to pass Hamilton around the outside of Turn 1 of the first chicane and inside of Turn 2, hit a curb and collided with the Mercedes .

His Red Bull then landed on Hamilton, who was thankfully protected by the Halo safety device, before both cars ended up stranded on the gravel.

Sky F1's Paul di Resta was at the SkyPad to discuss the controversial collision between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, in which both cars collided.

Sky F1’s Paul di Resta was at the SkyPad to discuss the controversial collision between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, in which both cars collided.

Sky F1’s Paul di Resta was at the SkyPad to discuss the controversial collision between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, in which both cars collided.

Before the stewards’ verdict was revealed, Verstappen had argued that Hamilton, who had just come out of the pits, did not give him enough space.

“I didn’t expect him to keep squeezing, squeezing, squeezing, because he didn’t even need to do it,” Verstappen said.

“He kept pushing me more and more and at one point there was nowhere to go, he just pushed me onto the sausage sidewalk. So at the end of the day, we touched.

“You need two people to work together to make a corner and we are fighting for position. Unfortunately, we touch. If a man is not willing to work, what can you do?”

Lewis Hamilton, however, said Verstappen should have pulled out of the corner, while Mercedes even accused the driver who still has a five-point lead over Hamilton of a “tactical foul.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was a 'tactical foul' by the Red Bull driver.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was a ‘tactical foul’ by the Red Bull driver.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was a ‘tactical foul’ by the Red Bull driver.

After a poor Red Bull pit stop, Hamilton had just overtaken Verstappen on the track.

“I think in football you would say it was a tactical foul,” team boss Toto Wolff told Sky Sports F1. “He probably knew that if Lewis stays ahead, he could possibly win the race.”

Lewis Hamilton blamed championship rival Max Verstappen for being too aggressive and causing their collision at the Italian GP.

Lewis Hamilton blamed championship rival Max Verstappen for being too aggressive and causing their collision at the Italian GP.

Lewis Hamilton blamed championship rival Max Verstappen for being too aggressive and causing their collision at the Italian GP.

Wolff also urged stewards to take action on Verstappen, having seen Hamilton penalized for the pair’s collision at the British GP in July.

“I think if we don’t handle it the right way, this will continue,” he said. “They had a high speed accident at Silverstone, we had one car winding up on top of the other on Lewis’ head here, so how far can you go?

“Maybe next time we’ll have a high-speed collision and land against each other.”

Daniel Ricciardo ultimately won the Italian GP, ​​leading a remarkable McLaren one-two to claim the team’s first victory since 2012.

With his penalty against Russia, Verstappen will start three places less than he qualifies in Sochi. Stewards also gave him two penalty points on his license.

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