Max Verstappen finally has a car that can help him compete for the title. It is undoubtedly great for the sport and has only added to the appeal this season, where we see a serious contender to Lewis Hamilton for the championship.
However, track limits have become a hindrance at this early stage for Verstappen. First, he lost an almost-confirmed win in Bahrain and now, he missed out on an additional point for the fastest lap in Portugal.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has been very vocal about his dissatisfaction with the FIA over the implementation of these regulations.
“Now we’ve lost the victory, fastest lap, and pole position,” Marko said on Sky Sports Germany after the race.
“All good things come in threes. I hope that’s the end of it.
“Something has to change. Either you make a boundary with kerbs or you make gravel or something. If you go out, there’s an automatic penalty.”
Verstappen was basking in the glory of scoring a point for the fastest lap after the race. However, after he was made aware of the reality, he found the decision ‘odd’, mainly ‘because they were not checking track limits at Turn 14’.
Former HRT and Lotus driver Karun Chandhok revealed that FIA had made the track limit regulations clear on Saturday itself.
“It was a slam dunk for the stewards. It was unfortunate for Max that he did not realise they changed the track limit rules there from Friday to Saturday, but that’s part of his job.
“He needs to know these rules, he needs to know that the stewards are looking at track limits there and that has cost him a Championship point.”
Verstappen has revealed his displeasure with the Portimao circuit and wants to never visit it again. He is currently eight points behind Hamilton who is in the lead.
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