FIA breaks silence over leaked information on Max Verstappen scandal that has left F1 world divided

Many questions have been raised in recent weeks over the legitimacy of Max Verstappen’s maiden world championship triumph last year.

These stem from a growing belief that the team overshot its budget cap last year and thereby helped Verstappen gain some valuable speed in the back-end of the season.

Mercedes and Ferrari were most vocal among all teams on the paddock as they took turns at taking digs aimed at Red Bull.

To add to the suspense, the FIA informed all concerned parties that it would not be able to reach its decision on the matter by October 5, which was the original date for concluding its analysis.

The governing body of F1 has now set October 10 as the new date that everyone will keep on eye on.

The statement read, “As previously communicated, there has been significant and unsubstantiated speculation and conjecture in relation to this matter, and the FIA reiterates that until it is finalised, no further information will be provided.

“The FIA also reiterates that any suggestion that FIA personnel have disclosed sensitive information is equally baseless.”

It is believed that both Red Bull and Aston Martin exceeded the budget last year and Mercedes fans have been clamouring for some justice to be served.

Verstappen left frustrated after weekend in Singapore

Max Verstappen. Credit:
Max Verstappen. Credit:

Meanwhile, Verstappen was left rather frustrated with how events transpired on the track as well.

The Dutchman had the chance of wrapping up the championship on his birthday weekend itself, but had to contend with a forgettable performance at the Marina Bay circuit.

“Other teams talk about it while they have no information so I find that a bit silly. Just keep your mouths shut,” Verstappen said.

“This has just been a really terrible weekend which started with the big mess-up in qualifying. We have five races left and we have a big lead but I want to have a good weekend every single time.”

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