Sir Jackie Stewart says Verstappen got only “a slap on the wrist”

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Sir Jackie Stewart says Max Verstappen got off easy, with a three-place grid penalty, for causing an accident in which “Lewis could have died”.

Legendary three-time F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart is one of the people who gave his opinion on the contvoresial Italian Grand Prix crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

“Verstappen is taking longer than expected to mature,” Stewart said.

“Not even to go to see Hamilton after a serious accident when you have just driven over the top of the guy is something I don’t really understand.

“Especially when he is still in his car and remained there for a long time before getting out.


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The 82-year-old also had a word of advice for Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

“If I were their team principals, I’d tell them: For Christ’s sake, don’t do it again. Just because you are leading the world championship, it doesn’t mean you are bulletproof.”

Ultimately, Stewart believes Verstappen got off easy considering the possible consequences of his actions.

“The stewards have more information, but if they were so certain Verstappen was entirely to blame then why does he only get a three-place penalty?

“If it weren’t for the halo, Lewis could have died, and the supposed culprit only gets a slap on the wrist!”

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