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Max Verstappen avoids punishment for incident at Monaco GP practice

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The stewards at the Monaco Grand Prix have decided to take no further action against Red Bull driver Max Verstappen for reversing onto the track during the opening Formula 1 practice session.

The 20-year-old Dutchman locked-up heading into turn 1 and went straight off the track, only to then make his way back onto the circuit going backwards.

However, whilst Sebastian Vettel was approaching the first corner, Verstappen was in the middle of reversing back onto the track, which could have caused a lot of problems for both drivers.

Vettel took evasive manoeuvres to avoid the Red Bull by veering onto the pit-lane exit road, which no doubt would have annoyed the Ferrari man.

The Red Bull driver was then summoned to the stewards for further investigation and questioning, but was later cleared because approaching drivers had been warned that a car had gone off-track by yellow flags.

The stewards swiftly came to the conclusion that Verstappen rejoined under yellow flags and in a manner that posed no threat or danger to the other drivers.

Verstappen was second fastest behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the first practice session, which is pretty promising for Christian Horner's team.

You can watch Verstappen's lock-up in the video below, and his resulting decision to reverse back onto the track.

Red Bull are expecting a far more competitive race weekend on a track that should open up its engine performance deficit far less than usual.

With the hyper-soft tyres getting their first run-out, the times were expected to tumble all weekend, with Ricciardo posting a 1:12.126, and Verstappen 0.154s off his teammate.

Christian Horner spoke to Sky Sports F1 at the conclusion of P1, and he said: “The car is working quite nicely but it is still only Thursday morning. This could be a very good week for us.”

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Topics:
Sebastian Vettel
Max Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo
Ferrari
Red Bull
Formula 1

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