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Nico Rosberg's tweet about the Verstappen-Raikkonen incident causes a stir

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Lewis Hamilton took one step closer to winning the Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship on Sunday with victory at the US Grand Prix, Austin.

However, in the hours that followed, it was a certain incident involving Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap that stole headlines.

Verstappen thought he'd finished third when he crossed the line, but stewards adjudged his overtake of Raikkonen as illegal and demoted him to fourth.

As the 20-year-old entered Turn 10 and tried to overtake Raikkonen on the inside, all four of his wheels appeared to go off the track.

Stewards felt Verstappen gained an unfair advantage and so penalised him, much to the Belgian-Dutch driver's frustration.

"It's a shame we miss out on the podium as they take it away again," said Verstappen afterwards, "but it's just one idiot steward who always makes the decisions up there against me.

"I get a five-second penalty and a penalty point - but for what? At the end of the day, everybody is running wide.

"The crowd is loving it and then you do something like that on world TV. The way they did it is unbelievable. The sport makes no sense. They kill the race like that."

Verstappen also tweeted his anger by saying there is far too much inconsistency in F1.

He wrote: "Disappointed with the inconsistency in decisions regarding track limits this whole weekend. Feel robbed but it was a superb drive."

Most F1 fans are in agreement with the decision the stewards made, because replays showed all four of Verstappen's wheels were definitely off the tack as he overtook Raikkonen.

Verstappen just feels hard done by and is making the argument that there have been other incidents of drivers going off the track that went unpunished this season.

Nico Rosberg, however, is one of very few that believes Verstappen didn't do anything wrong at Turn 10 on the final lap.

In the tweet below, Rosberg claims Verstappen's overtake was "awesome" and that he only went off the track because Raikkonen was turning into him.

"Verstappen passing RAI was awesome! He cut the corner because RAI was turning into him and it looked like RAI would cause a crash #nopenalty," wrote Rosberg.

F1 fans are having none of Rosberg's claim, though, with the vast majority arguing that Verstappen was in the wrong and that Raikkonen wasn't veering towards him.

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Nico Rosberg
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