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Verstappen expects no sanction for ‘hard racing’ incident

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Red Bull’s Formula One championship chief Max Verstappen mentioned he didn’t anticipate to be punished retrospectively for a defensive transfer towards Lewis Hamilton on the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, and would do it once more.
Hamilton’s Mercedes staff have requested a assessment of the incident, with stewards listening to representatives of each groups on Thursday forward of this weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix to resolve methods to proceed.
Both drivers went off monitor as Verstappen defended, with Mercedes feeling the Dutch teenager ought to have had a time penalty.
Hamilton finally overtook his rival anyway and gained the race at Interlagos.
Verstappen, now 14 factors forward of the seven occasions world champion, mentioned final Sunday’s race had been a very good battle between the 2 contenders.
Asked whether or not he would repeat the transfer in the identical circumstances towards Hamilton, Verstappen replied: “Yes.

“As a driver I think we know exactly what we can or cannot do in a car, and we were fighting hard, braking late into the corner, the tyres were quite worn. If I would have turned more abrupt to the left, you’d just spin off the track.”
The 24-year-old mentioned he was not nervous a few retrospective time penalty that may value him factors.
“I don’t even think about that,” he mentioned. “Also — if if if. I imply, it’s not the tip of the world. But once more, I don’t anticipate that to occur as a result of I believed it was truthful, exhausting racing between the 2 guys who’re preventing for the championship.
“So it wouldn’t have been anyway an easy pass, because that’s not how I am and I don’t think how it should be when you’re fighting for the title.”
Verstappen was requested additionally whether or not he had seen the video footage from his personal automobile’s forward-facing digicam, pictures that weren’t accessible on the time to stewards.
“I didn’t need to look at the footage because I was driving the car,” he replied.