The United States Grand Prix ended in controversy when Max Verstappen was thrown out of the podium room ahead of the trophy presentation after being slapped with a five-second penalty for an illegal passing manoeuvre on the final lap.
The 20-year-old had put in one of the shifts of his life, roaring through the field from 16th on the grid to finish third having passed Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages. There were wild celebrations in the Red Bull garage but those were soon cut short after Verstappen was handed his punishment.
Race stewards adjudged that the Red Bull driver had completed the pass on Turn 17 with all four wheels off the track, which is a violation of the rules. He was handed the five-second penalty as a result which saw him slip out of the podium places despite crossing the finishing line in third.
Verstappen, who was voted driver of the day, was less than pleased with the decision, lashing out in an interview not long after he was denied a place on what would have been his third successive podium.
"We had a great race but with those stupid decisions you really kill the sport," Verstappen said.
"I really hope the fans didn't like this decision and hopefully next year they won't come.
"Everybody is running wide, At Turn 9 you can go wide and Turn 19 you can go off the track and nobody would say anything. It's not good for the sport. They have to be really clear in the rules that it's not allowed anywhere."
Meanwhile, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner echoed the sentiments of his young driver labelling the decision as "extremely harsh".
However, the award for angriest tweet of the day will undoubtedly go to Verstappen's father Jos, who made it clear how he felt about the decision several furious tweets.
The judgment was met with widespread derision in Formula 1 circles with former Red Bull driver Mark Webber summing the situation up best.
Well said, Mark.
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