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Video of Max Verstappen being removed from podium room after Austin GP

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It was a weekend to forget for Red Bull's Max Verstappen in America.

Although he probably put in the best individual performance on Sunday at the Austin Grand Prix, he surely felt the most heartbreak come the end of it.

Starting near the wrong end of the grid, the young Dutchman had a massive job on his hands if he wanted to be anywhere near the podium come the finish line, but against all odds, that's exactly where he was.

Once again showcasing his mesmerising talent behind the wheel, the youngster managed to weave his way up the standings, proving to everyone why Red Bull are so desperate to keep him, and why Mercedes and Ferrari are so desperate to sign him.

With the chequered flag fast approaching, Verstappen knew he had to battle hard to get himself on the podium, and with third spot in his sights, he went for it.

Not only did he go for it, he also accomplished it. Or so it seemed.

After overtaking Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, Verstappen officially finished the race in third place, only to be handed a five-second penalty for an illegal manoeuvre which saw him drop back down to fourth and behind the Finn from Ferrari.

Whilst overtaking Raikkonen, all four of Verstappen's wheels were off the track, meaning he gained an unfair advantage whilst leaving the circuit, something that isn't allowed in F1.

Due to his actions, he was handed a penalty which resulted in him losing his podium spot, something that angered him, his father, his team, and even ex-driver Mark Webber.

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However, that wasn't the end of the saga.

Waiting in the podium room after the race, Verstappen was seen chatting to Sebastian Vettel, fully believing that he finished third.

How the mood changed when he soon realised Raikkonen was also in the room, only for the Dutchman to then be told that he received a penalty, costing him his third place finish.

Watch the video below.

An awkward encounter and one that Verstappen will want to forget as quickly as possible.

Despite the ending being a bit sour, the Red Bull youngster can be proud of his drive, and can certainly be confident of future success going forward.

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