Max Verstappen was enjoying an impressive run at the US Grand Prix last weekend, until it all turned sour very quickly for the Red Bull star.
Verstappen had started 16th in the race, with a two-stop strategy to push him through the ranks. However, much to his distaste, his glory was short-lived.
Seemingly about to claim a spot on the podium, it was looking like the perfect day at the office for the driver - only for stewards to judge he had cut a corner and gained an advantage on the final lap.
As a result of the controversial ‘discovery’, the 20-year-old was relegated to fourth place with a five-second penalty to puncture his joy.
Whether Verstappen actually cut the corner continues to divide opinion, however, he remains adamant he is innocent.
As his fury became heightened, he even called on fans to avoid next year’s US Grand Prix in a protest to this decision.
“We had a great race but of course with those stupid decisions you really kill the sport,” said an angered Verstappen, as per The Express.
“I really hope the fans didn’t like the decision and hopefully next year they won’t come.
“It’s not good for the sport and they have to be really clear on the rules that it’s not allowed everywhere.”
Although the Red Bull ace is one of the most popular figures in the sport, whether fans will actually adhere to his hopes of a protest would appear unlikely.
And the FIA won't be too pleased with his comments either.
It was a tough day on US soil for the Dutchman, however, he still sits sixth in the drivers' championship - 208 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton.
With the Mexican GP just around the corner, Verstappen won't have too long to wait for a chance to put things right back on track.
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