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Max Verstappen: Right to be penalised?.

Max Verstappen tweets his frustration after Austin GP controversy

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As we near the penultimate stages of the 2017 season in Formula One, twists and drama seems to be never-ending involving almost every car in the racing circuit throughout this term.

The United States Grand Prix also produced a brilliant weekend, which concluded with championship leader Lewis Hamilton heading home with yet another win, making it nine for the campaign.

However, the limelight was on another driver who has been the subject of discussion since the race ended in Austin on Sunday.

Up and rising star Max Verstappen charged his way back among the elites on the track after an underwhelming qualifying session on Saturday, when he secured 16th on the starting grid.

An impressive passing move on Valtteri Bottas and then overtaking Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap to finish the race in third, was indeed a phenomenal overall performance in 56 laps at the Texas-based circuit.

Aiming for three successive podium finishes, the Dutchman was elated along with his team to have managed to register another emphatic display in the Red Bull car.

Although, the celebrations were shortlived, as he was informed of a five-second penalty by the stewards, who adjudged the youngster to have completed the manoeuvre on the Ferrari ace with all four wheels off the track on Turn 17.

The penalty handed Raikkonen the third spot on the podium, moving Verstappen back to fourth.

The 20-year-old has openly criticised the decision, labelling it ‘wrong’ with Red Bull also echoing his emotions.

F1 Grand Prix of USA - Qualifying

He took to social media, stating he enjoyed racing at the Circuit of the Americas, but felt he was treated unfairly in context of the decision with track limits.

Verstappen wrote on Twitter: “Disappointed with the inconsistency in decisions regarding track limits this whole weekend. Feel robbed but it was a superb drive đź‘Ś #USGP “

He believes such drastic moves are damaging the sport, which could have adverse effects in future.

During the post-race interview, Verstappen was quoted by Autosport saying: “We had a really great race, but with those stupid decisions you really kill the sport."

He thinks he is being victimised by one steward in particular who, according to Verstappen, seems to have an animosity towards him for no apparent reason.

“It's one idiot steward up there which always makes decisions against me.

“At the end of the day everybody is running wide everywhere, there are no track limits.

“At Turn 9 you can run wide, at Turn 19 you can go off the track and nobody will say anything.

“It's the same with [Valtteri] Bottas - I went for a move, and he continued outside the track; he came back, I really had to pass him, and nothing has been done against that while he definitely gained advantage.

F1 Grand Prix of USA

“It's not good for the sport - they have to be really clear on the rules that it's not allowed.”

The Dutch star feels as these biased opinions cannot be challenged, it is discriminatory to racing on the whole.

“They decide and you can't do anything against it, which is of course really weird," Verstappen added.

“What can we do? We cannot make up the rules. Everybody is loving it; it's great action; you go five or 10cm on the inside of the kerb; everybody is running wide everywhere, they don't say anything, and they kill the race, basically, like that.

F1 Grand Prix of USA

“The crowd is loving it and then you do something like that in front of world TV - you pick up somebody from the podium and tell them to go away!

“It's not good for the crowd. I really hope next year nobody is coming, because like this the sport doesn't make sense.”

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