Verstappen hits FIA with scathing rant for showing partiality towards Hamilton

Max Verstappen went ham on the FIA with a scathing rant, saying that only he ends up getting punished.

Verstappen was on the receiving end of multiple penalties from the stewards at the Saudi Arabian GP. According to the authorities, his illegal overtake and brake-test on Lewis Hamilton was enough to hit him with a ten-second penalty.

The Dutchman’s driving style has come under much scrutiny this season, with many criticising him for being an unsafe driver. He has caused many collisions throughout his career, but he feels he was hard done last Sunday.  

Verstappen went ham on the FIA with a scathing rant, saying that he is being targeted for who he is.

“Well, clearly, these (the rules) don’t apply for everyone,” he said, as quoted by Fox Sports Australia.  

“That’s because the things I did in terms of defending, two other guys, in terms of racing, also did, and they didn’t even get a mention, or penalty.

Verstappen: Saudi F1 penalties show I'm treated differently to other drivers
Verstappen (pictured) was not happy with Saudi Arabia. Source:

“I don’t understand because I thought I was just racing hard. What happened, for me, didn’t deserve any penalty. Really, the other two people who did it, they didn’t get one.

“It’s only me who gets it and, of course, fighting up the front, people were more critical, I guess. For me, I don’t understand.”


“Why should I change when others are allowed to race like that?” he fumed.  

“I think everyone should be allowed to race like that. To be honest, the only thing I ask for is that it is fair for everyone and that is not the case at the moment.

“Up until now it has been quite inconsistent, that is for sure, but I am here to win the race.”

“Clearly. I end up with penalties while other drivers do the same and don’t get a penalty. I’ve paid the FIA a nice fine, so they’ve had dinners and good wine, but it doesn’t seem to help,” he concluded.

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