Whiting to meet with Vettel, Raikkonen over Verstappen

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting is to meet privately with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at Monza to discuss Max Verstappen's driving conduct, sources have told Motorsport.com.

Whiting to meet with Vettel, Raikkonen over Verstappen
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari celebrate
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari with team mate Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari; Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12

Amid an intense debate about Verstappen's defensive conduct at Spa-Francorchamps – with both Vettel and Raikkonen unhappy about the way the Red Bull driver blocked them – the matter is set to be discussed at length in Friday night's drivers' briefing.

However, paddock sources have suggested that in a bid for the FIA to better understand the frustrations of the Ferrari duo, and for the drivers to get greater insight in to where the governing body stands on what is and is not allowed on track, a separate meeting is due to take place.

It is unclear if this will take place at Monza on Thursday or prior to Friday night's briefing.

Raikkonen's frustrations in particular have grown in recent races, following a number of run-ins with Verstappen.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix, he was upset about some of Verstappen's late moves under braking – which at one point caused a minor collision with the rear of his rival.

But his anger blew up at the Belgian Grand Prix when he claimed Verstappen was only interested in driving him off the track, prior to an on-the-edge block along the Kemmel Straight.

Afterwards Raikkonen said: "I’m all up for fair battles and close racing.

"But when I have to back off after Eau Rouge on the straight when I made my move - I had to brake not to hit him, because he turns after I make my move the first time - that, I think, is not correct.

"We were fortunate there wasn’t a big accident because of that."

The FIA has declined to confirm whether or not Whiting is to meet Vettel and Raikkonen.

A spokesman said: “The normal procedure is for matters to be discussed during Friday night's regular drivers' briefing. There is nothing to say before then.”

shares
comments
Ferrari confirms aero department reshuffle

Previous article

Ferrari confirms aero department reshuffle

Next article

Italian Grand Prix technical preview

Italian Grand Prix technical preview
Load comments
Russian Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Russian Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

The "blind faith" Mercedes call that won Hamilton his 100th F1 race Prime

The "blind faith" Mercedes call that won Hamilton his 100th F1 race

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Why momentum is again behind Australia's aces Prime

Why momentum is again behind Australia's aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2021
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Prime

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
Why Verstappen should be confident of Russian GP recovery Prime

Why Verstappen should be confident of Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi...

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1 Prime

Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Prime

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. Damien Smith brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1.

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Prime

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021