Charlie Whiting sympathises with Max Verstappen following angry outburst

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has adopted a sympathetic approach to Max Verstappen’s angry team radio outburst following his five-second penalty at the Italian Grand Prix last weekend.

Verstappen was locked in battle with Finland’s Valtteri Bottas for the third and final podium place, when he received a five-second penalty for failing to allow the Finn space on the inside and causing him to spin.

This penalty resulted in Bottas finishing third, with Verstappen demoted to fifth, something the Dutchman was clearly incensed about.

When hearing about the penalty over his team radio, Verstappen embarked on an expletive rant before ending with the statement that the stewards were “doing a great job of killing racing”.

Despite this criticism, Whiting was sympathetic towards Verstappen and the situation he found himself in when making those comments.

“I heard that second-hand, I don’t think you can take too much notice of comments made in the heat of battle,” Whiting stated.

“I’m sure at the next drivers’ briefing we’ll have a little chat about that. As I say, in the heat of battle that’s absolutely expected.”

Despite having time to reflect on the race, Verstappen still seemed unhappy with the decision to penalise him.

“I’ve watched it back, of course, and I still don’t agree with it,” the Dutchman told Ziggo Sport.

“Maybe I could have given him a couple more millimetres, but he was on the white line.”

Verstappen believed it could have been ruled differently on another day and seemed frustrated by the inconsistency of the decisions amongst the stewards.

“But yeah, we can talk about this for a whole lot longer, it already has been decided. One steward gives a penalty, another doesn’t. I don’t think it’s the rules.”

Verstappen will want to now put this disappointment behind him, with the Singapore Grand Prix just over a week away.

Both he and his team will be hoping for a significantly less eventful race.

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