FIA expects more caution from Verstappen in future

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Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting expects more caution from Max Verstappen after the Red Bull driver's Chinese Grand Prix collision with Sebastian Vettel prompted more penalty points.

Verstappen tapped Vettel into a spin at the Turn 14 hairpin, which earned Verstappen a 10-second time penalty and two penalty points added to his licence.

It means Verstappen now has five penalty points, with drivers receiving an automatic one-race ban if they hit 12 points in a 12-month period.

Whiting said: "There probably is a little bit of criticism but that's what the penalty points are for.

"They are there to make an habitual offender take notice. He's got five points now, so he's going to be more careful I would say."

Verstappen's penalty points tally will not decrease until after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

He picked up two points for hitting his teammate Daniel Ricciardo at Turn 2 on the opening lap of last year's race at Budapest on July 30.

That means his licence will not be cleared of those points after this year's July 29 race.

The other point on his licence was earned in the United States Grand Prix on October 22, when he was controversially punished for going off-track to overtake Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap.

Verstappen has come under fire in the last week following a clash with Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain that was also investigated by the stewards, who took no further action.

His swift acceptance of responsibility in China, and subsequent apology, was praised by Vettel, and Whiting said he saw no reason to have a private chat with Verstappen.

"The stewards have done their bit I don't think there's any necessity for that," he said. He made a mistake, which he got penalised for."

Though Verstappen said he did not need to change his aggressive driving style, his team boss Christian Horner is "fully confident" he will learn from his mistake.

"He's a phenomenal talent, he's smart enough to recognise areas that he needs to work on," he said. "I've got no doubt that he'll address that."

Additional reporting by Edd Straw

 

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Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Track Shanghai International Circuit
Drivers Max Verstappen
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news