The FIA’s Michael Masi has warned Max Verstappen and Red Bull that he won’t tolerate a repeat of the Dutchman’s victory celebrations at future races.
Verstappen won the Styrian Grand Prix in dominant fashion on Sunday, and celebrated by slowing down on the start/finish straight before doing a burnout as his mechanics waved on.
He left two thick black lines of rubber over the finish line as other cars passed by.
Whilst celebrating in such a fashion isn’t against the rules – drivers often complete doughnuts to celebrate – Masi explained that the location of Verstappen’s celebration was considered dangerous and he warned both parties that it shouldn’t be repeated.
“It was not an ideal situation, which is why I spoke to the team immediately and told them accordingly, that it’s something that would not be tolerated in the future,” Masi said when questioned after the race.
The rules outline what is acceptable when celebrating, with Article 43.3 of the Sporting Regulations explaining that they must be a) performed safely and does not endanger other drivers or any officials; b) does not call into question the legality of his car; and c) does not delay the podium ceremony.
Verstappen took his fourth win of the season to extend his championship lead over main title rival Lewis Hamilton to 18 points.