Did Max Verstappen deserve to be penalised for abusing track limits at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday?
Red Bull have been heavily critical of the decision to drop the 20-year-old driver off the podium, describing it as ‘appalling’.
Verstappen, equally as infuriated by the decision, added: "Consistency is lacking and understanding racing. They do understand how to kill the sport."
The Dutchman, handed a five-second penalty for passing Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by cutting Turn 17 on the last lap, was told to leave the pre-podium ‘green room’ after initially thinking that he had finished third.
"I am still a happy man but of course we should have been third," Verstappen told reporters, per BBC Sport. "It is very weird because the whole weekend we could run off track and there were no track limits.
"Even my fight with (Mercedes driver Valtteri) Bottas, he went off the track when I was in front and he came back in front of me and there was no penalty given, and we overtake him again.
"I am fine with that but then I am fighting with Kimi and I do get a penalty.
"For the sport, the fans also don't understand, they are loving it and then they ruin the sport. They should keep going like this and then for sure within two years the fans are walking away here."
Horner: It is a great shame
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said: ”It is a great shame. We have seen cars going off track all weekend. The race director has said he has been happy with the use of track limits. We have seen cars in the grand prix going beyond circuit limits with no action and Max makes an outstanding pass on Kimi and unfortunately had it taken off him."
Meanwhile, Mercedes Formula One chairman and three-time world champion Nick Lauda told Motorsport.com the penalty is “the worst I’ve ever seen. He [Verstappen] did nothing wrong. We’re racing drivers, we’re not on a normal road.
“It’s ridiculous to destroy the sport with this kind of decision.”
Mark Webber's funny reaction
Mark Webber went one step further, describing it as a “s**t decision” on live television.
Watch it here…
This prompted a very funny reaction, where he was reprimanded by Channel 4 presenter Steve Jones for using bad language.
F1 fans on Twitter found Webber's reaction hilarious
F1 fans on Twitter found Webber’s reaction hilarious - and were in complete agreement…