Max Verstappen believes Lando Norris could’ve been more respectful by not passing him prior to starting their hot laps during Q3 at Monza.
Verstappen was running ahead of Norris as they approached the 130R corner shortly after the start of the session, and as he tried to warm his tyres, Verstappen momentarily lost control of his Red Bull car.
Norris, who was passing Verstappen on the inside, took to the grass to avoid a collision.
The stewards investigated the incident, but opted against issuing Verstappen a grid penalty.
The Dutchman believes that as all drivers were on their out laps, there was little need for Norris to overtake in the final sector to gain track position.
“We were all on our out lap,” Verstappen said. “And yeah, we were all lining up to try and create a gap to everyone.
“And somehow he still wanted to get me into the chicane. But I was at the point of accelerating but I was on very cold tyres, so I had like a little moment and that’s why you had to drive around me.
“But you know, if you’re just a bit more respectful than everyone is anyway already lining up.
“I don’t think anyone is trying to pass into that last chicane. So basically, by trying to pass me you create that kind of problem.”
Norris suggested after the session that Verstappen moved over on him deliberately to block him from passing.
With his pole position still intact, Verstappen is now in a strong position to claim his second World Championship title on Sunday.
“I’m not thinking about it too much,” Verstappen admitted. “Just taking it day-by-day.
“I think what was most important is that we would have a competitive car and clearly we had that today in qualifying.
“I hope of course it’s going to be the same tomorrow in the race – because we do need a perfect race to be able to win it tomorrow. But at least it’s a good start.”
That’s pathetic,what does Horner have over the stewards in F1? Any time Verstappen violates a rule,no further action required.
Shocking turn of events. Redbull gets another pass. Does FIA and the stewards know they are ruining this sport or are they trying to ruin it
Verstappen looked a lot like Latifi at that point.
That’s BS, we all saw what the stewards saw and there are rules to be adhered to, the stewards decided not to go with F1 rules, so why are they there?
Verstappen is now using that decision to ridicule Norris publicly instead of keeping his mouth shut and breathing a sigh of relief, knowing that he has got away with breaking a rule and Norris was the respectful one in this case, avoiding the collision by going off the track and risking his own car, I’m sure it would have been a different decision if there was a collision, also, why wait till after the race to make a decision on something that is a a F1 rule.
I also see that the team cappings are now being stretched, so other things can be added on, before a statement is made this week, so can’t see anything there, to those that have broken it, when you start threatening a body with lawyers and no other team is doing that, only one, then you know there is something in the rumours.
Dunno why you guys are lamenting this situation, they were about to start their out laps & Max had to warm up his tyres. The basic truth is Norris wanted to gain track position which wasn’t necessary & you all should keep in mind that the incident from Max wasn’t deliberate. Enough with the Redbull/FIA connection bullshii cos its irrelevant & untrue
Ditto. It is ridiculous to think anything else than what occurred. Simply put it was an Outlap PERIOD. Thankfully they both reacted quickly to avoid a collision. Remember this is a Team sport. Enjoyable to watch. Stop making accusations that are biased.