Belgian-Dutch racer Max Verstappen complains that he is treated differently when it comes to fair racing rules.
The upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race to be held this Sunday, Verstappen will face up against Lewis Hamilton to determine who will win the Formula 1 Title for 2021.
Hamilton who already shares a record with racing great Michael Schumacher hopes to break the record this Sunday. Should he win, it will be his eighth Formula 1 title and should Verstappen win, it would be his first.
Verstappen has stated that he feels he is treated differently than other drivers when it comes to fair racing. He said, “It seems other drivers do the same things and only I get a penalty. He also added, The only thing I ask is that it’s fair for everyone. That’s not the case.
He insists he has not broken any rules. “For me I was not wrong,” he said. “Only I was ‘wrong’; other people got nothing.
Citing an incident with Hamilton, he said, “We were both off the track. Somehow they judged it was my fault, which I don’t agree with, and the other penalty as well I don’t agree with. And then afterwards he pushed me off the track and he even looks at me and pushes me off the track edge and he only gets a warning for that.”
In the drama of the Saudi Grand Prix, Verstappen was penalized three different times. First was when he overtook while off track, another was for forcing Hamilton to go off-track, and the third was for braking while in front of Hamilton, causing a collision.
Verstappens antics lead to Hamilton calling the racer crazy to his pit crew over the radio. When asked about it later, Hamilton said, Look, when we’re in the races we say all sorts of things because when you’re in the heat of the moment, adrenalin is on the edge. It’s a figure of speech. We racing drivers are all a bit crazy to do the things we do and take the risks we do.”
However, when asked if he believed Verstappen could be trusted, he said “I do believe everyone here racing comes to win. I would like to believe everyone wants to do it the right way. I don’t even let that creep into my mind.”
Also, when asked about the possibility of breaking the record he now shares with Schumacher, Hamilton said, “It just feels like another championship for me,” Hamilton said. “I don’t look at it as a multiple. Every year you start from grounds zero and you are focused on winning. I don’t turn up with (number) one on my car, I turn up with 44, and I don’t consider myself the champion. I consider myself the one fighting for the championship.”